Most people go on vacation for Spring Break, looking for a beach somewhere to bury their toes in the sand after the long harsh winter. And this year, everyone would love to head south. We’ve had a particularly brutal winter and any little signs of spring give us hope.
Along with warmer temps and longer days, spring brings about a long line of showers. Last night I drifted off to the peaceful pitter patter of raindrops falling upon my roof. This morning I was abruptly woken by the crashing of thunder and the pounding of big fat drops stomping an Irish river dance on my rooftop.
But, however rude the wakeup call was, I am ever so grateful it wasn’t snow…again!
Spring in the Midwest is marked by two major events. 1) the Indianapolis 500 at the end of May. 2) the parade of the ‘white legs’.
The first is pretty much self-explanatory regardless of what region of the globe you reside…almost. Having grown up a town over from the track, the allure has worn off almost completely. As a kid I could hear the roar of the cars from my backyard. Fans of the Indy 500 know that each year it’s a gamble whether it will be 90˚ F with a blazing sun or 45˚ F, bitter cold and soaking wet. There’s rarely an in-between on race day. So fair warning, be prepared for either cause the weather in Indy can change drastically in a matter of hours!
Please, allow me to explain the second for those of you who live in sunnier climates. Every spring as the temperature soars to a balmy 55˚ to 60˚ F, Midwesterners break out their shorts and flip flops. Suddenly the world becomes a sea of pasty ‘white legs’ that have not seen sun since the first week of last October! This is not a pretty sight by any means. Still, it is an annual event and a necessary one in celebration of warmer days up ahead. Those who have fled to warmer climates for spring break and return with a bronze tan are actually the ones who stand out the most in the sea of ‘white legs’.
Regardless, spring has finally arrived in Indy and I couldn’t be happier about it! Flowers are starting to bloom, birds are chirping and the trees are budding. It’s a magical time of year when the world finally awakens after a long winter slumber. It’s almost time to sow the ground and plant our vegetable and flower gardens. I am so eager to get started!
Have a great Spring Break. Act a little crazy, do something wacky and out of character. Be safe. And remember to enjoy the April showers people and look forward to the gorgeous May flowers they will bring. Life is good!!