Spring = Promise & Delight!

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn" - Hal Borland

Okay, Hal, you're right. . .  it happens every year and still. .  . I feel different in the spring.  I feel the anticipation, the hope.  I feel enlivened, refreshed, re-invigorated. 

I still look at these first signs of spring with wonderment, fascination and JOY! 

The tiny buds on the trees, the shoots of green that seem to come out of nowhere. . .. the birds singing. . . the first crocus I see - I love it all!  Every year it makes me happy. 

The coming warm weather - leaving layers (and winter "stuff") behind,  open toe shoes; kids playing outside - sidewalk chalk, bubbles, laughter from the playgrounds, more time out with the doggie; a greener, more colorful world with hours of more sunlight; better moods for (almost) everyone . . . it's fast-approaching now - it's in view! 

When you live in a city and get around a lot without a car and/or you have a dog, you are out in all weather - good, bad, ugly, even sometimes downright scary, but I still feel this:

"Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again."  - Gustav Mahler

And this:  "Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush" - Doug Larson

It was brisk today, but sunny and even though we all still needed big coats, we were out playing .  . lots of other kids were out. . .. the same temperature feels different with the promise of spring (and the extra daylight!)

Spring Slide Chicago Sunshine

Happy Spring Everyone!  I hope you will find some joy in the changing season!

Do you feel a shift in perspective, in mood in the spring? What are you most looking forward to this spring?  Is another season your favorite?  Why?