“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”

It’s cold, but I don’t care because it’s sunny. The day is a pretty one. Earlier I was on the deck cleaning and filling the bird bath, and the birds flew by my head to the feeders and one nearly got me. I ducked. If birds can laugh, that one did.

My body aches and my bones crack. Lifting heavy stuff hurts my back. I like naps. I’m older than I used to imagine I’d ever be when I was young but being older is far different from I thought it would be. I’m not sitting in a rocking chair on a porch. I don’t wear a house dress or shoes with clunky heels or an apron if I’m working in the kitchen, though I probably should as I’m messy. I don’t even have a hat with flowers. I’m not thrilled with all those aches and pains, but with aging came an epiphany. I realized how much I’ve gained as I’ve grown older. I think everybody does.

I never really noticed all the best parts of spring. When I was a kid, I just figured it was time to ditch the winter coat and haul the bike out of the cellar. Now I see so much more. Every morning I notice the new flowers blooming in my garden. There are five or six hyacinths, all different colors spaced as if on a palette. The yellow dafs are so bright I almost want to shade my eyes. The tulips are beginning to make an appearance. I never tire of watching the birds. I love the smell of a spring morning. I can sit on the deck for hours reading books and watching the world.

I am slower now, and that has made all the difference. I get to see what is happening around me. I get to watch spring unfold a flower at a time.

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10 Comments on ““The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It took quite some time but the sun finally looked through the clouds and the evening became rather warm and nice, the ever lasting wind calmed down too and that helped even more.

    Growing up in a family with lots of gardeners sort of foced me to see how all the different flowers started to pop up 🙂 and both my friends and I went out to see what kind of birds had arrived and if we could see any baby animals 🙂 The rest of the seasons didn’t matter that much though 🙂

    I can’t remember seeing myself as an old man when I was a kid, I probably guessed that I would look like all older men, wearing white shirts and black suits, eeven when working in the garden 🙂

    About the Grimm and a Hexenbiest having a baby not being a good idea. I was thinking that the capricious nature of the hexenbiest and the Grimm being a rather efficient murder machine could be fatal 🙂 I don’t think a hexenbiest even has to be close when killing anyone either 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Good for you, but I am jealous. It is still chilly here, definitely sweat shirt in the house weather.

      My father planted pansies and that was it in the front of the house. Later he added different plants, but we were never a plant family though I have become a plant person.

      I looked at my grandmothers and figured I’d look like that.

      I think Juliette is stronger than most hexonbeasts so she doesn’t have to be near, but i think the rest do.

      Have a great evening.

  2. Bob Says:

    The only down side to the season is the pollen. Those with allergies dread the Spring. Here in Dallas it’s especially bad because we live in the confluence of winds that bring pollen in from the entire middle of the country. This year has been especially bad because the cedar, red oak and several other naive trees are blooming at the same time. I’m not affected but my wife suffers from all the pollen especially this time of the year. Otherwise, it’s beautiful. Late April and October are the best times here in North Texas, not too hot nor too cold.

    • katry Says:

      I took shots for a long time so I no longer have allergies. I now welcome spring! Very little is around. Only the early bulbs are blooming now.

      September andOctober are the best months here-still warm and lovely. Spring is awful, always chilly and cold.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    The first thing I noticed about spring as a kid was that spring flowers always seemed juicier than flowers from summer or early fall. It was as if the wetness of spring was reflected in the constitution of those plants and the dryness of summer and autumn was similarly reflected in the plants from those seasons.
    That was the extent of my scientific and philosophical musings back then. 🙂

    Now I notice the signs of spring very early on. The color in the willows comes up followed by the low growing woody plants in the swamps. Then the red maples start showing some color. If you look out over an expanse of trees in early spring, you can see faint tints of color as if they are presaging or echoing the riotous colors of autumn. Slowly, at first, and then more rapidly Spring advances bringing lovely, juicy flowers and chattering, dive-bombing birds.

    It’s been a tradition of mine since the late 70’s to make a hat with one of those summery straw hats and fake flowers from the craft shop. It would be my lawn-mowing, horse show, terrier trial hat for that year. Had to protect my pretty head from the burning sun, you know. 🙂

    Cool, mostly sunny with lots of puffy clouds up here.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I never noticed the flowers were juicer. Even now I’ve missed that. Now you have me wanting to check.

      Like you, I notice the early stirrings of spring. I crave them after winter, any winter. I look for the tips of the first flowers and the coming of the birds missing for the winter. The goldfinch’s breast gets brighter and brighter, and I know spring is closer and closer.

      I am picturing you in that hat. You’ll need a piece of straw to chew on. I am not a hat person, but i appreciate yours.

      Have a great afternoon1

  4. Hedley Says:

    I am thinking nice things towards your town with Patriots day and the Marathon tomorrow and the 11.00 am Sox game with the Orioles. I watch Rick from afar and sit in wonder at his $20m a year $100m contract. I was a big fan of Porcello but he does have those games where he gets lit up.

    In Tiger town we are going, we are watching and we are enjoying the start to the season, an awfully long way to go but your gift of Inglesias is a new favorite after Verlander. Jose defends, he is young and flashy, oh and he leads the majors in hitting through the first 10 games.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      The marathon has become a symbol of resilience. Yesterday was the junior relay races and Martin Richard’s older brother ran a leg in honor of his brother.

      The bats run blazing hot and frigidly cold. We are happy to have Porcello, and he has expressed his respect for Boston and his teammates who have been so welcoming. I hope he runs hot all season.

      That was the most convoluted trade.

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