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Trick Spring

March 11, 2011

It is beginning to be spring here and I hope it is not the trick spring that always comes to Michigan, but it doesn’t really matter. It is trick spring, and who cares? After days where you go around with your head bent, the wind is bitter, the birds don’t chirp and the trees stand around like awkward teens at a dance, suddenly there is a hint of liveliness. First the ducks start honking like cars in traffic, then the robins croak, and your eyes want to lift again and look at the trees and their branches to see what’s happening. There’s warmth. The squirrels are going about their business like they always do, but you don’t shudder for them, you think: it’s a good time for squirrels. They’re looking sleek. The birds made it. The leaves I didn’t rake are still there, like it was yesterday.  I can’t stop staring at my yard, in fact. It’s not beautiful, but the sun is pouring down on everything and it’s like somebody in customer service is winking at us: you’ve been very patient, you deserve this, we are on the case.  Trust us, we’re listening.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Nicodemus permalink
    March 11, 2011 8:22 pm

    If you look at them closely enough, in the right ways, even those unraked leaves are beautiful!

  2. Jan Baiden permalink
    March 13, 2011 5:25 pm

    Nothing compares to the anticipation of spring. I used to think that anticipation of Christmas was the big deal (of course, that’s now starting in August, but that’s another story). I am truly excited when I see the first green shoots pushing through the mat of dead leaves – once again, we’ve made it!

  3. March 20, 2011 7:05 pm

    What? YOU don’t rake leaves? I’m shocked!

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