Spring Takes A Vacation

Spring is off on a junket to Las Vegas, gambling on “weather” it will come back or leave winter in its place. My odds are on winter. In the last two weeks, we’ve had rain, wind, sleet, cloud cover, frost, temperatures below normal, and only an occasional appearance of the sun.

Okay, there was one teaser day in among all the rest. It came suddenly out of the ugly, grey skies. Heat and humidity embraced the day, convincing us that spring was here at last, but within twenty-four hours the icy fingers of winter were holding us hostage again. The birds were skating on ice in the birdbath, and the buds on the trees and bushes were bundled up tight, refusing to reveal their splendor.  

There is only one sure sign that that spring is here – dandelions. They’re outside, dancing in the wind and having a grand old time. I refuse to let the cold get me down. I’m putting on my hat, scarf, mittens, and coat. With tools in hand, I’m going outside to hunt for spring and wipe the smile off those dandelion faces!

Books on Seasons:

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit:  A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2011), Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2010), All Around the Seasons by Barney Saltzberg (Candlewick, 2010), Seasons by Blexbolex (Enchanted Lion Books, 2010),   Sharing the Seasons:  A Book of Poems compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry, 2010), Red Sings from Treetops:  A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009)

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