Spring has, well, sprung!
Posted by Sandra on March 8, 2009
I love the day of the year that it seems the neighborhood “wakes up”. I walk by the front window in the morning and see two boys bicycling down the street. A man and his little girl learning how to ride her tricycle. Two kids kicking a ball in the street. The couple across the street playing basketball with their sons. The neighbor out raking the yard.
I think it’s wild that it seems to happen all at once – one day, everyone inside, nestled by the fire, wearing sweaters… then the next day in short sleeves out working in the yard.
Love Ohio weather. Tomorrow we could have snow, you never know.
And so it goes that my little girls got the outdoor fever too. After the family (yes the boys helped!) cleaned out the garage to unbury the bikes, and swept out the shed to get access to the lawnmower, it was play play playtime. We try to go out even in cold weather, but there’s just nothing like the first sixty degree day for burning off winter energy! I get the warm and fuzzies as I stand at the kitchen sink preparing lunch while the girls are in the backyard playing in the sandbox, or on the swings, or just chasing the puppies around our backyard. The giggles, the squeals, the smiles. I love being able to fling the back door open and let everyone come and go. Ayla is transferring sand from one end of the deck to the other, Autumn is jumping on the trampoline with her brother, the puppies are chasing invisible predators across the lawn. This is what it’s all about.
Spring is a time for renewal, not only for the land, but for us too. It could almost be looked at as as a fresh start. Clean the house, plant the garden. Toss out the old, polish the new. I’m taking the renewal seriously this year, renewing my relationship with God, spending more time with extended family, working harder on my studies, and this year I’m going to take some time for myself. I think it’s been 15 years since I’ve taken time for myself. I’m going to spend that time in prayer, in peace, in forgiveness, in love with ME for once. I’ve spent my life “in service” to my family and others – I’m going to be of service to myself for once. Even if it’s just briefly each day, 15 minutes or so, I think it will renew me physically and mentally, and I will be able to take on the new challenges sure to come in my future!
(now if the grass would get green and the trees would get leaves!)