Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
Week 14. Spring. What was spring like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.
March winds ,
and April Showers,
bring May flowers.
These are the thoughts I have of spring. It is a time when the world and earth are waking up for a deep sleep and are ready to be renewed.
Spring has always been the time when everything started turning green, it was the time for the new baby chicks, baby calves, and baby pigs. Usually a new batch of kittens would be born at this time. I always enjoyed the spring flowers, my mother had some miniature iris’s that were very early bloomers, like a crocus. Then the spiraea (bridal wreath) bushes, and the lilacs would bloom, there would be wonderful smell of the lilacs, this smell is such a fresh springtime smell.
I still enjoy the spring when the lilacs come in to bloom, right now I am watching them green up, and put on their buds, and in a few days they will be in full bloom. The time with them will be so fleeting. I also enjoy watching the trees go from bare to a touch of green, and then getting greener and greener as the days and weeks go by. It is like we have been renewed.
Spring was always a busy time, with all of the new chicks, and other new babies. It was also the time when the spring farm work would begin. Also it was time to prepare the garden for the new season. There is a wonderful fresh smell when you are turning over the soil and preparing it for another year. The corn, peas, lettuce, onions, potatoes, and other seeds would be planted to prepare for the fresh vegetables for another year.
Spring is also the time for Easter, I remember the stories, that Easter was the time when the long johns came off. Sometimes it was still so cold, that you might wish you still had your long johns. A new Easter hat and dress were always signs of spring. In my family, my brother, sister and myself, we all had a spring birthday, so angel food cake was on the menu for those celebration.
I remember spring being a time of warming, not going from cold, to hot in just a few short weeks. It seems like we jump from winter to summer, and just have a taste of spring.
Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (http://www.geneabloggers.com/52-weeks-personal-genealogy-history/).
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