Thursday, March 17, 2011

How Soon We Forget

Today, I ran outside in a running skirt and a long sleeve tech shirt.  It was sunny and warm(ish) and beautiful, and I thought about how glad I was to be outside.  I laughed at the music I was listening to, I said hello to the people I passed, I smiled at the dogs, and I loved it.

I had this realization while I was running that people who live in a place with hard winters have a much greater appreciation for spring.  It really is an awakening.  People start to come out of their homes.  We get reintroduced to our neighbors that we haven't seen all winter.  The brave souls among us - I saw two today - even take out their bikes.  (Miss Artemis Blue will not be taking her maiden voyage until the roads are cleaner.)  The trees are still bare, but we are starting to see the tips of the crocuses peep through the mud and leftover snow.

Before we know it everything will be green again, and we will forget about the snow and the cold and the no flip-flops since October.  We will run and bike and swim outside.  Some people will complain about how hot it is, and I will roll my eyes.  My husband will want to turn on the air conditioner, and my boys will want to play in the blow up pool every single day.  The bikes will get moved to the garage and the cars will get moved to the driveway.  We will wash the screens and open the windows and forget that the gas fireplace takes 5 minutes to turn on or even that we ever needed the gas fireplace.

Maybe it's because I am from the south, but I never forget the winter and I try to soak up every hot day.  The sultry days are my favorite because summer is supposed to be hot and sweaty.  And spring...spring is just beautiful, and I will appreciate every day.


  1. I am from the north and feel the same way - I don't every forget the winter, especially since we have it for 8 mos. Although I wouldn't say I soak up and enjoy EVERY hot day (I am one who is not at all happy when it gets over 80's), because I really hate the hot hot weather more than the cold cold even...I am a lover of the 60's/70's to me that is PERFECT...Those are the days I soak up. Spring is coming!!!

  2. I am welcoming the spring with open arms. I do not like winter at all!

  3. Agreed!! It's funny when I hear people who are not from wintery places talk about "finally having Spring come." They have no idea what it's like to have sub zero temperatures constantly and feet of snow and therefore have no idea of how to really appreciate Spring or Summer.

  4. I am soooo ready for spring!


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