Life Anew


Country MoonI love all the seasons and there is no way I could live in a state where I couldn’t experience all four. Some transitions are subtle but when spring finally breaks, it seems like nature explodes all at once.

I don’t like to pick on poor March but, to me, it is the ugliest month. If I survive that, I know I will be aptly rewarded. I call March the gray month because the lawns, woods and bushes are all gray with no green or sign of life. Then, like magic, it all explodes into a sea of color and rebirth.

I also like to watch the season creep northward. Splitting my time between Indiana and Michigan the last few years, I have actually been able to see spring “crawl” northward. From Economy, IN, we go south about 30 miles to Connorsville and there is forsythia, daffodils and tulip trees in blossom. In a couple days, Economy sees the same scene unfold. Folks have often said that spring crawls northward about 20 miles a day. I feel blessed to watch this progression that many don’t get to witness.

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Spring has an order each year. It may not always arrive the same time, but it always follows the same order. Forsythia, daffodils and certain flowering shrubs usher the season in, followed in turn by tulips, crabapples and a host of other plants that know when it is their turn to shine. The same holds true for forests; certain trees like buckeyes are the first to give us glimpses of green followed by all the other species until the forest is a green canopy.

I always marvel at even a single leaf. You can almost watch it unfold over a couple days. It is still mind-boggling for me to comprehend that every leaf on a tree is doing the same thing at the same time; each tree of the same species in a forest is going through this same process at the same time; and each forest in an area is also putting on the same show at the same time. Wow, how nature does woo us!

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