“Spring has sprung!”

Trees in bloom on the campus of James Madison UniversityLet me say this right up front. Winter is my favorite season. There’s something about the cold that I enjoy. But as nice as winter is, it’s like they say. All good things must come to an end. And with winter comes spring, and based on the looks of the trees, it’s time for spring to spring! The trees are in bloom, with the white flowers ready to make way for green leaves. It’s really a beautiful sight. There’s nothing like the rebirth of nature. And let me tell you… the rebirth of nature always feels like it’s going to be the death of me. I have springtime allergies, and so this time of year is incredibly unpleasant. It makes the eyes itch. It makes the nose run, and when it’s not running, it’s clogged. It makes the throat sore. It causes sneezing. It’s nature’s way of saying, “I’m not letting you get away that easily!” But thankfully, it’s all over by June. So that’s a good thing. And another thing about spring is that it’s the return to normalcy, compared to winter. In the spring, you just have to worry about rain for the most part. No snow to throw a monkey-wrench in your plans, making the roads rather treacherous, and bringing people’s lives to a screeching halt. So just like everything else, it seems, spring has its ups and its downs, and you’ve got to take the pitfalls with the benefits.

Date posted: April 6, 2004