(My post a few days ago - the jealousy post - kept nagging at me. I had good thoughts for that at one time; they had to do with the signs of spring that I can see. I think this was it:)
In Maine, there are none to be seen outside except maybe the longer days. We are still deep in snow. It is still cold. I need boots, winter coat, etc. I still keep extra warm stuff in the backseat in case the car breaks down on the side of the road. It will be a cold wait for help, or a cold walk to anywhere, so we still have emergency stuff in our cars.
But our mailbox has delivered signs of spring!
We got our hardware store flyer in the mail, and there are rakes on sale (and NOT roof rakes for the snow). These would be the ones for raking up those dead leaves you missed in the fall. They would be for the clumps of grass and rock that the plow has deposited on your yard. They have lawn mowers and garden hoses. They have bags of grass seed and lime, and seed packets. You can even get leaf blowers, grills, coolers, and wheelbarrows.
The farm store has chicks ready for ordering. It has wagons for pulling loads of mulch and other stuff around your estate. I didn't see a single snow shovel, generator, roof ice pucks, sled or bag of ice melt.
The fabric store is blossoming, too - all the floral fabrics are out, plastered on the cover and throughout the flyer. There are lightweight fabrics, gardening tools, birdhouses, garden gloves, watering cans, pastel floral arrangements, pastel ribbons and butterfly wind chimes. There is not a snowman, snowflake, star, or white flecked tree to be found.
The clothing catalog is sporting flip flops, tank tops and tee shirts. There are rain boots, shorts and caps. Stored away until mid-summer flyers are the boots, sweatshirts, snow boots,snow pants, mittens, and hats with fur lined ear flaps!
So there are definitely signs of spring that surround me, but none of them quite work for me yet. When I see less white than brown, less ice than mud, more sun; when I see the only the tall black-brown covered pile of snow the plow placed skyhigh in the grocery store parking lot - then, and only then, will I declare it spring. Everything else is just forced - like forcing a bulb to bloom on your counter in the dead of winter. It does not make it spring. I don't care what the calendar says.
It is not spring here yet. Thanks for trying.
I remember the blizzard we got on April Fools Day, I remember the snow in June once... When I see all the pictures of blossoms and green happening elsewhere, I wonder about my choice of habitat.
I like snow, but really?
That green is starting to make me a tad jealous....or is that yearning I'm feeling?
the earth is covered in white frozen shiny snow
where are those small bits that come up
through the dead brown wet mushy
grass that is not dead either but
only acts like it is and how
can it not be dead in all
this cold deep freeze
oh it looks dead
it acts dead
it starts to shimmer
and glimmer in a green
sequined vest and glorious
purple, pink, yellow, red hats
and they begin their dance in the
breezes sometimes colder than we think
they should get but they just wink and smile
and keep dancing to the stunning concert of birds
by Donna JT Smith