The first day of spring was a major cause of celebration in our old northern life. Spring meant a few warm days might slip in even if a snowfall could still happen. Spring meant that the little heads of daffodils pushed up through the earth. Those tiny pops of green and yellow were so welcome, and everyone hoped that a heavy frost or flurry wouldn’t leave them blighted. Spring meant putting away snow boots, cleaning out gutters, and sweeping away the old leaves from the fall that accumulated along the sidewalks and the front steps. These little changes were made with great hope, but we all knew that cold weather could still reign in those early spring days. I can recall many April mornings that began with a beautiful blanket of the white stuff, so the vernal equinox brought no promises! Even so, I loved to make a big deal of the start of the new season.
Now that we are living in a very different climate, I wasn’t sure what to do about the start of spring. It’s been rather “springy” in these parts for…well…since it wasn’t blazing hot. Since November perhaps? None of the usual activities celebrating the newly blooming flowers seemed appropriate, but I didn’t want to pass by the important shift into springtime. For the last few years, I have been organizing our children’s books seasonally. Of course, we have many books that are year-round favorites; however, I love to pack up our books about autumn, Christmas, and winter and pull out the spring, Easter, and summer choices. The stories feel new again.
Even though we aren’t going to experience spring in the same way, I want this season to be about new life. I need a fresh start in several areas of my life. I’m longing for some new recipes, some new additions to my wardrobe, new commitment to prayer and study, and most of all–a new sense of organization. What are you hoping for this spring?