Give me a glass of wine while I mull over my appetizer. Let me enjoy my appetizer fully, as a mini-meal -- not simply a precursor to the main course. Don't expect me to plow through the main course: those who come to a restaurant not to chow down but for a "dining experience" eat deliberately, because they're drinking in the atmosphere with as much care as they're consuming the viands. Nor will I give short shrift to dessert, as it's only appropriate that a sweet dining experience should be capped off by a chocolate delight that, to dieters, will probably have some ominous-sounding name. Finally, if you catch me lingering over my cappuccino, it's not because it's too hot -- it's simply because I don't want the experience to end prematurely.
I'm the same way about March, April and May: I want to get the most out of spring. Whether it's cherishing those first few baseball games, when the season is so fresh and hopes are so high, or walking in a forest coming back to life, or admiring the spring flowers in my landscaping, spring is not a season to rush through. Heaven knows it passes quickly enough as it is.
My wife and I took a walk through the woods the other day here in New England that we had been planning for some time. What we hadn't planned on was that there'd still be snow on the ground. But we weren't about to let the mini-Ice Age rob us of the pleasure of an early-spring walk.
Ever the optimist, I even checked for
As for the earliest flowers in my landscaping, some are already going by. Hard to believe, isn't it? I mean, heck, it seems like they had only just arrived the other day. Must you leave so soon? Yes, I'm talking to you, witch hazel and early-blooming iris. I awaited your appearance so eagerly for so long, and now you rush off, barely having said hello.
But it's up to us to plan accordingly, so as to be able to get the most out of spring, since spring will never slow down for us. Besides taking walks and spending as much time in your garden as possible, I recommend visiting other people's gardens, too. Yes, I'm talking about garden tours. But if you get as giddy about spring as I do and find yourself doing quirky things that might embarrass you in public, you'll first want to read this blog post about how not to behave on a garden tour.
Related resource: Silent Spring: a Different Take
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