Happy First Day of Spring!
If you’ve been reading for awhile you know that I have been celebrating spring for weeks now. I guess you could say I’ve been rushing the season, although I have had a lot of cooperation from Mother Nature the last few weeks. Although the weather told bitter cold again last week, and we actually got more snow last week than we did the entire winter. But, that was then, this is now and today spring has officially sprung!
This is a super special day for me because in addition to being the first day of my favorite season, it is also my youngest son’s birthday. He’s 8 years old today! We’ve already had cupcakes for breakfast and we will be celebrating with my husband’s parents later this evening. It’s going to be a bittersweet celebration this year because while we will enjoy catching up with my in-laws who spent the last 8 weeks in Florida, my parents were unable to make the trip (something they have done for every one of my children’s birthdays for the last 14 years) and they will be sorely missed.
But enough about that . . . .
I selected this quote by Leo Tolstoy to share today. I admit, it’s kind of an odd choice. I’m not a particular fan of Tolstoy. I believe that Anna Karenina is the only work of his that I have read, and while I liked it well-enough I would not put it on my top ten list of books (or even in the top 50 probably). Tolstoy is also not the guy that springs to mind when I think of spring (no pun intended). And yet, this quote just spoke to me.
I think because it is so simple. And so true.
Think about it, spring is the season for doing. Plans and projects run amuck. Spring cleaning, window washing, car detailing, shutter-painitng, garden planting, deck building, landscaping . . . . The list could go and on. And while there is definitely a practical element to scheduling these home improvement projects for early spring (i.e.: the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures), I think it’s more than just the nice weather that inspires us to take action. After a long, cold, dark winter I know that I am filled with a sense of energy and expectation and excitement for what lies ahead.
Spring is quite literally a time of new birth and new beginnings. And I think it inspires us to seek improvements in our lives. Certainly this can be done by sprucing up our surroundings. But it can also be done by improving ourselves.
Which is what I have decided to do this spring. My plan for this season is to be more playful, more in the moment and have more fun. On the one hand this makes perfect sense, because the days are longer and the air is warmer and there just appear to be more opportunities for fun. On the other hand, this is crazy, because spring is baseball season in our house. And while I love baseball – don’t laugh, I really do; sometimes I even cry when the season is over – it makes life pretty darn chaotic in our household.
Which is all the more reason that I made this list of My Top Ten Playful Plans for Spring.
- Plant a garden. Early. Lettuce really likes the cool weather. And we really like lettuce.
- Run in the rain. I love the smell of spring rain. But not worms. I hate the smell of worms.
- Hike at the arboretum. It is absolutely gorgeous there and we need to go more often.
- Visit the zoo. Because we can’t have a giraffe at home, and I love giraffes.
- Bike along the lake. The entire family is old enough for long bike rides now so we really need spend more time pedaling.
- Do random acts of art. Throughout the neighborhood. The kids love being artistic and sharing joy with others.
- Create a second living room on the deck. Al fresco living. Spring and summer are short. We should be outside.
- Host a campfire. Maybe the first one of the season while it’s still cold outside. S’mores.
- Make homemade lemonade and take it on the road. Lemonade stand to go. Think how much fun nursing home residents would have with a visiting lemonade stand.
- Pick strawberries. And make strawberry shortcake. Yum!
Plus, grow butterflies, roll down a hill, go fishing, build a birdhouse, hang up wind chimes (buy wind chimes), do Pilates in the park, fly a kite, race go-karts, build a fairy garden, and have a garden tea party. Maybe I should have made it a top 20 list. In any event, I have lot of fun things to keep me busy this season.
How about you? What plans and projects are on your spring calendar? Drop me a line and let me know.