Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Springtime that Never Came

Snowdrop....first flower of 2010, seen on March 1.
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It has been a challenging winter in the mid-Atlantic. Our 48" snow pack is slowly giving way
to the open ground, which looks like a war zone, frankly. Everything is soaked and rotten. The snow and ice have moved portions of rock walls around, depositing rocks randomly throughout our yard. The concrete pad that was our front porch was crushed under the weight of ice dams from our gutter. A few daffodils and crocus are coming up, but temperatures remain 10 degrees below normal, with new, small snow accumulations coming in about twice a week. Everybody's ready for spring, but spring appears to be in no big hurry to arrive. No robins, no meadowlarks, and very, very few spring flowers - wild or otherwise. On top of it, the Hankster gave me his cute little cold.
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It's also my 36th birthday today. I am thankful to God that I've had another year on this earth, to witness the birth of my son, by far the greatest joy in my life. I'm thankful to God and to my wife for the gift of Hank explicitly. I'm thankful that I'm one year wiser in most of my pursuits, and I'm thankful that unlike many Americans, I am making more money in 2010 than I did in 2009.
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I guess plenty of things are going wrong (as I take a hit from the Mucinex inhaler) but a lot of things are going right, too. Somehow, spring will be here soon. The huge planting effort I undertook last fall will soon show me some amazing (I hope) results, and ironically, their potential beauty was largely preserved by the snow, which prevented voles, mice, rabbits, and squirrels from digging up the bulbs and roots through most of the winter. The days are getting longer, and ever so slowly, the air and water are warming. It has been a very challenging winter, but in a few weeks we'll be able to say that we all survived, no worse for the wear.

2 comments:

kmurray said...

Well Happy Birthday and feel better soon!

Eric said...

Spring is almost here. Spring is almost here. I like to pretend saying that over and over winter will end sooner than later. However, it's March 3rd and believe it or not it's actually coming true