Sunday Night: Spring eternal?

By MaryHelen Swanson, editor

It was wonderful having such a warm winter here in EC Minnesota. We missed all the bad storms, but still managed one snow day for the fun it brought to kids who got to skip school and an editor who couldn’t get out of her driveway.

My kids and I used to have such a good time on snow days, playing games, laying around the house, going out and enjoying snow that was too impossible to travel in.

Anyway, I can conclude that winter 2011-12 was great. I stayed on the road, I remained upright, no pipes froze, no ice damage to the roof.

In January and February it was warm enough to open windows. I know there was at least one night it was so warm I left it open all night and really enjoyed the warm breeze that blew over me as I slept. Ah, spring, I thought to myself.

While February ended with one Lion’s roar, essentially March skipped in and behaved like a lamb.

On to April. The proverbial tulips were poking their heads out, and ornamental trees burst into bloom. Ah, spring, I thought to myself.

Though the nights dropped down to near freezing, daytime was very pleasant. Farmers got out into fields and started turning them over for planting, gardeners started itching to put in vegetable plants and winter coats were relegated to the back of the closet.

Ah, spring, I thought to myself.

Yesterday was May Day and while it was dreary with clouds threatening to open up and drop some leftover April showers, it was still spring-like.

Those beautiful apple and plum trees have bloomed and are now dropping petals and baby robins have arrived. Soon there will be goslings following mom around the lakes and spotted fawns will be shyly peeking out from behind proud does in the woods.

Ah, spring.

It’s been great, but I feel like I’m in a Groundhog Day movie. It’s been spring for months. You wake up every day and it’s still spring.

Now, I certainly don’t want summer to arrive with 90 degree temperatures, swarms of mosquitoes, and sunburn, but come on Mother Nature, what is with this eternal spring?

I never thought spring could be boring, but it’s getting close. Still, I wonder if we move on to summer too soon, will we be picking out Christmas trees in October?

There’s something to be said for the four seasons in Minnesota, I rather like the change that comes with each one. It gives you something to look forward to.

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