#reverb14 is the opportunity for us to reflect and project throughout 2014. Each month, Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting on a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.
April Showers Bring May Flowers: We’ve had a long, wet, cold winter here and we’re ready for spring. Show us a photo of your “April showers” and tell us all about it.”
There are so many photos I should have taken this winter. Of the glacier that formed on our patio table. Of the snow banks at the edge of our driveway that towered above my head. Of the solid sheets of ice that covered our roads.
In Minnesota, April showers don’t bring May flowers. April showers mean OH HEY WINTER IS OVER. YOU ONLY HAVE TO SPEND 120 DAYS BELOW 32 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT THERE IS NO 121st DAY. THE SNOW HAS MELTED.
HAVE YOU HEARD? IT’S SAFE TO GO OUTSIDE AGAIN.
I think in most states, you would say something along the lines of THE SNOW IS NEVER COMING BACK. Except for the part where we regularly get snow through the first week in May. Case-in-point: the forecast is currently showing a 4″ snowfall this week.
But last week, we had a week of true spring. The temperatures danced in the 50s and 60s. I ran outside and then I rearranged my rest days so that I could run outside some more. When the temperature crept up to 70, I sat on a West facing porch for two hours before sunset so I could get…more sun.
One day while I was out on my loop, I saw this Woolly Bear cruising across the pavement and we all know the sort of imminent doom that accompanies that. That little buddy’s path was not moving toward success.
We all know that I am a recreational wildlife rescuer (turtles, caterpillars and dragonflies only), so of course I had to pluck him up and bring him to the least brown patch of grass I could locate along the route. That right there friends, is my hope for the spring. This is the first Woolly Bear. These are the first buds on the trees. These are the first sunny days.
There will be more of all of these glorious, warm, life-giving things and less of everything else.