The Afternoon Tide Turns…
Spring is a time of excitement, a time when all living things burst from the waiting of winter. Wings, petals and leaves unfurl and bees start to hum and sing, lifting lips into curly smiles and putting twinkles in every eye. The world seems to laugh as it lifts its face to feel the sun!
Spring is a time of newness and the discovery of firsts; the first flowers, the first return of birds, the first warm evening…and the first strawberries! Even cherries! Even though I know the next harvest will be sweeter, the siren song of the first is too hard to resist. Dimpled and delicious!
Spring is also the time we celebrate our mothers. I can think of no other season more appropriate to devote to the wonder that is my mother. As I greet all the smaller smiles of spring I cannot help but think of her, the mother that showed me how the worms wiggle, the curiosity of the roly-poly, and the subtleties of the snails and slugs. The first dandelions of spring always belong to my mother, and every Mother’s Day I gather her a small yellow bouquet as a pure and simple reminder of who she is; my Mother.
Spring is also short! An intense flurry of color and warmth, spring quickly settles into the lingering afternoons and warm nights of summer. Summer brings its own gifts of anticipated firsts, one of which has already arrived at my doorstep…midnight chalkings!