Sustain.Environment

Spring is my new favorite season

I never knew spring until this year, and I love it. Nearly every day starts as a set of possibilities. I feel incredibly free.

Of course this is, in part, because experiencing this season is new to me. Previous springs have been spent in offices or passed unnoticed while I worked around the clock leading up deadlines, volunteer work, or the end of the school year. Usually by the time I took notice of the first warm spring days, they were already giving way to the heat of the summer. From an office window, the entire transition appears to take only a few weeks.

spring blossoms - one of the many pleasant surprises in our new yard this spring

spring blossoms – one of the many pleasant surprises in our yard; this house still has so much for us to see!

But if you have the flexibility to enjoy the middle part of each day, spring can be kind of amazing. We watch bees pollinating and ants building. We watch leaves and flowers transform from bud to bloom overnight. We see baby squirrels and birds emerge for the first time. We smell and feel and see new growth everywhere. And all at once, everything that once felt insurmountable under winter’s oppression, suddenly feels possible.

Experiencing the spring has taught me a few things about the place that I have called home for most of my life. For instance, spring is not the short season that many of us think it is. In between bouts of rain and cool temperatures, most of our afternoons are actually quite pleasant. In fact, each day has something to offer: the comfort of rain on the window panes, the relaxing feeling of sun on a face, even the warmth of a humid day is pleasant in the spring.

So get outside, dig your toes in the grass, and enjoy the change of seasons. Each day is full of possibility, and the spring offers the kind of energetic change we all need to do better for ourselves.

Caleb meets a baby squirrel on the way home from school.. just another reason to get outside and explore!

Caleb meets a baby squirrel on the way home from school.. just another reason to get outside and explore!