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The Thing About Spring

Last week I polished my toenails pink in preparation for sandal weather. Last night it snowed. So the sandals remained in the closet, and the fuzzy socks came out of the drawer. The thing about spring is this: you never know what it’s going to do.

This morning the plants, somewhat confused, wore a wet blanket, and snowflakes fell on the poor starlings that sat stoically on the wire. The orioles were happy enough because the hummingbird feeder had not frozen solid, so they still had a source of food. My lab was a happy camper too. Black as night, she ran outside in the early light and dug her nose in the fresh white snow.

Oriole on Lilac in Snow

About C. A. Waldman

I am a writer living in the Southern Sierra region of California, U.S.A.

4 responses »

  1. Ahhhhh. Spring! In my yard the wisteria is in bloom, white and purple, as are the two cherry trees in my front yard. The birds are chirping happily, and because we do not yet have cherries, the noisy crows are elsewhere. I have a feeling they have marked the calendar for the end of June to stop by our house for a couple of weeks and wake me up at 5:30am every day. It happened last year, our first year here. We shall see!

  2. What a lovely, lyrical post and philosophical, too! Nice capture of the Oriole as well.
    Here’s hoping your weather has warmed up by now. It is a might nippy here in Soreze but the sun did start warming things up today. Hugs from Soreze. N2


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