The Spring Push


Andrew WeidmanI hurt today. My hands ache, my fingers stiff and swollen, rings tight, refusing to be removed.

Judging by how my arms feel, someone stole my biceps, replacing them with lead bars. While they were at it, I think they slipped some coil springs under my shoulder blades, drawing them tighter than a drum head.

Maybe that explains the string of Christmas lights strung along my belt line, threatening to blaze whenever I stoop to tie my shoelaces – or sneeze. And did I mention sunburn? No? Yeah, that, too.


It's been a heavy three weeks, but that's nothing new for this time of year. Spring weather is in full swing, sun and rain pumping energy into every green growing thing in sight, and plenty more out of sight. You can almost see the grass growing, and you can definitely watch thunderheads stacking up on sultry afternoons. When you see that, you know if you don't get the lawn mown before they break loose, you're probably going to need to rent a hay-bine by the time the grass dries out.

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