“I like dressing in all seasons. Every season has its own character and charm.”

Today is such a glorious Cape spring day with the usual bit of a chill in the morning air, lots of sun and a deep blue sky. My small dafs have bloomed, and my hyacinth has broken through its greenery and stands tall. The birds are at the feeders in big numbers. I love watching them. Dare I say winter has finally skulked away?

As a kid, I wasn’t all that attentive to the changing seasons until spring gave way to summer and vacation. I always saw the seasons as their events. Fall was the start of school and Halloween. One event was dreaded while the other meant weeks of chatting with friends as we walked to school about what we’d wear and where we’d go. Halloween was a countdown event. Winter was Thanksgiving and Christmas, the best holiday of them all. It wasn’t just the arrival of Santa which made Christmas so special. It was everything about it. The anticipation made us giddy. We had a tree and house to decorate, window lights to turn on every night, cookies to bake, wish lists to make and shopping to do. We had a ride to see the lights. Christmas was the best countdown event of them all.

It was a good thing Christmas was so busy as the rest of the winter was sort of empty of all but wishes. We wished for snow and a day off from school hoping to break the tedium. We ice skated on the town rink and at the swamp, my favorite spot. We were in the house early because the dark came so quickly. I didn’t have the sense of winter I do now. Back then it was filled with possibility. Now I mostly feel cold and complain a lot.

Spring had Easter and new clothes, new shoes and Easter baskets. It was riding my bike. It was color returning to the world. It gave me a sense of freedom. I think that’s what I remember the most.

Marching in the Memorial Day parade as a brownie and later as a girl scout was the first sign of summer. It was always sunny and warm that day or at least that’s how I remember it. The end of school was close.

Summer had July 4th but it didn’t really need it. The summer had long days to fill and Sundays at the beach and that would have been enough, but having July 4th was like adding hot fudge sauce to ice cream.

I am still loving the coming of spring with its warmth and color. Spring is filled with anticipation. Summer is still long days to fill but it’s movies on the deck and barbecues.

Now I see the seasons as their own events, as changes, as us moving in a circle. I think my favorite change is this one, the coming of spring. Every day brings surprises. How wonderful is that?

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6 Comments on ““I like dressing in all seasons. Every season has its own character and charm.””

  1. Bob Says:

    We finally have a normal Spring day here in North Texas because it’s raining cats and dogs. We used to call this kind of weather a ‘gully washer’. Some would say it’s raining like a ‘cow pissing on a flat rock’. The forecast is for rain evry day this week so I’m glad tomorrow k the time off from work. The great drought of the past couple of years is ending as the area lakes are filling back up. All the lakes around here are man made after the drought of the early 1950s. We are located at the southern end of the Great Plains and suffered the effects of the dust bowl in the 1930s. We can only wish for some of this rain fall in California where the Central Valley provides the country with a lot of our produce. The drought there will probably raise the prices on vegetables and fruits.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I like that, a gully washer.

      We had a drought a few years back but only for a single season. This year we had all that snow and days of rain so we have plenty.

      The drought in California is just horrific. I have seen the pictures of dried lake bottoms and reservoirs also dried. So many crops gone to waste.

      Today is a bit chilling but still lovely.

  2. olof1 Says:

    The sun has been shining here all day and it has been around 50F, quite nice but I’ve stayed indoors most of the time. Both the dogs and I got sick during the night, I guess it was the sausages since we all ate those. I can’t say I felt and bad taste or smell though. We are all coming back to normal now though.

    Spring has always been the only season I’ve really looked forward too, winter has always been a pain and the only forgiving thing with it is Christmas. Summer is always nice and so is autumn if we get a fairly dry and sunny one.

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It is around the same temperature here today as you are having.

      I read your blog where you talk about all of you being ill. You’re right-it had to be the sausage. Gracie gets a bad stomach often so I have to be careful if I feed her any human food.

      I love the world waking up in spring. It always smells the best after being stuck inside all winter.

      Feel better!

      • Bob Says:

        When we had dogs I never fed them people food. It makes them fat and there are certain foods that are poisonous to them like chocolate. That’s besides the fact that you could give the dog tainted food. We always fed them dry dog food.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Gracie gets a can of Merrick dog food every day and has a dish of dry food should she still be hungry. Merck is all natural and very expensive. It looks as good as human food. The dry food is grain free.

        Dogs also can’t eat onions, grapes, raisins, garlic and milk.

        My vet thinks Gracie looks really good for a 9 1/2 year old Boxer. Older boxers tend toward bulky.


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