If winter comes, can spring be far behind?- Percy Bysshe Shelley (English Romantic Poet 1792-1822)
Have you noticed that the weather is getting warmer these days? Has it come to your attention that the days are getting longer and that the nights are getting shorter?
Since I am in a mood to do a list today (mind you, any type of list as long as I get to do a list), let’s take stock of the blessings of this season and what it means to us-What changed, in a good way now that spring is in the air. I cannot contain my happiness that summer will soon follow suit. But let’s leave summer for another day, shall we?
The first and most important perk of this changing weather, as far as I am concerned with, is that I do not have to wear heavy jackets anymore and also no longer need to bundle up my kids with their own layers and stuff them up in their respective car seats! Fitting them up in car seats with their jackets and accessories are all together another struggle and I do not want to dwell on it now. Very depressing!
Usually, during extreme weather conditions (And I am NOT talking about winter here ) getting to the parking lot where my car is parked from the building where I work is kind of like a race. It could get tricky and messy based on the weatherman’s predictions and the exciting combat with slushiness and the piled up snow on the ground that lies in invite for my arrival.
Naturally, I do not have a good balance and coordination skills to carry my body around. So, I have my fair shares of tripping and falling, and hitting my nose straight down on the ground on innumerable occasions. By the time, I get to the car fighting off the ‘wilderness of the snow and the villainous attempts of the freezing rain to knock me out, I am exhausted. But I am still not saved from the day!
I stumble to the trunk and retrieve my flimsy looking snow brush and start scraping off the stupid snow that is now covering my mournful looking car with a vengeance. After straight fifteen minutes earnest efforts, my car rises from the claws of the heavy, unforgiving snow and ready to roll.
I place my poor snow brush back in the trunk and scramble inside the car to start the engine. Thankfully, my Corolla never ditches me. With one stroke, it comes on and the final stage of leaving from work is now active!
According to Hubs, I cannot race off soon after I start the car, especially during cold months since it could harm the engine in the long run. I remember his ‘booming words’ and pause after turning on the engine. This will also give a chance for the car to generate some warm air and I don’t need to die of cold and the numbness that is invading my body at the moment. Okay, so after dragging some minutes in the car and cursing winter at the same time, I am home free! There, I am out of parking lot and on my way to see my family.
But, how is the “leaving work and going home process” during Spring and Summer time, you ask? Oh, I beg you to ask, no worries…
I wait long enough for my shift to be over, get my purse and… oh wait, there is no jacket… whatever! I dash to the elevator and get to the lobby in no time and swing open the huge glass doors. And I am out! Then at a leisurely pace, start walking to the parking lot. Gosh, every thing looks so clean- no chances of slipping and falling and taking nose dives… I reach my car which looks all shiny and flashy. I gracefully slip inside the coziness and start the beauty and drive off.. See, so simple. I love spring!
I also love the fact that I do not have to turn on my full head lights on when I drive back home after work at around 6.30 in the evening. Daylight is everywhere!
I see the snow along the sides of the road melting and the water seeping down to the drain in the pavements. Take that you, damn snow!
I like to watch people going for their evening strolls- couples walking hand in hand and families with their babies in the strollers and kids in the bikes and roller skates breezing past in the warm evening air, enjoying the nature and the fresh smell that fills the air.
I turn my head around (note the point, I am still behind the wheels), just to look at those cars in the highway which have their windows rolled down to take in the powerful wind that refreshes their being after a stressful day at work on their way back home, just like me…
I take a peek up above through my windshield and see the clear blue sky with white fluffy clouds floating around as though they too are taking a casual stroll in the evening to enjoy the tranquility and serene benevolence of nature. This is the time I will be deciding either to sing a song to myself or seek the assistance of my radio to brighten my already bright spirits with music. I will sing- I decide after much deliberation. Maroon 5 is my love at the moment-
And when the daylight comes I’ll have to go
But, tonight I’m ‘gonna hold you so close
‘Cuz in the daylight, we’ll be on our own
But, tonight I need to hold you so close
By this time, I have already turned to our street- yeah, traffic is always light at that hour and without the villain snow, I can keep good time! When I reach our driveway I could hear ripples of Kevin’s laughter and Krista’s giggles. I so can’t wait to see them and swing them both in my arms and kiss them like crazy! With a smile on my lips, I park my car in the garage and open the doors of my personal heaven….
What are your spring bliss stories? I am listening…