As I write this, the 7 inches of snow that arrived on the first day of spring are melting like the Wicked Witch of the West. Those of you who have tolerated my continual winter whining will be surprised to hear this, but I'm sorry to see the snow go.
Why did I like this snowfall? Because I've seen the spring. We had several days in the 60s. I walked for miles around my neighborhood without being chilled to the bone. Flowers started popping up, little yellow daffodils welcomed me home.
My attitude toward this last blast of winter was also tempered by the fact that I'm rested. In the rush of our lives, it's easy to forget how big a difference that makes. I took last week off to enjoy spring break with the girls -- and it was wonderful. Now, I'm as close as I get to perky, so watch out. We could have inspirational messages flying this week. (Or not. I may be too mellow to nag.)
Either way, we'll start by putting you to work. Tell me: What's your favorite thing about spring? I love the green -- which brings us back to the Wicked Witch. But I'm not talking about green faces. I'm talking green grass, green shoots on the flowers, green leaves on the trees. The color says, "You made it!" The color makes me happy.
P.S. Have I ever told you that I saw Margaret Hamilton in "The Wizard of Oz" at Starlight Theatre when I was a kid? So much fun to watch the real witch melt on stage ... very, very cool.