Today is the First Day of Spring

I know this as sure as I know winter is over. Some people believe spring begins a week after the last frost. Others believe it’s the first full moon after the birds start chirping again. And then there are those who recognize spring by the sight of Toby Sumpter’s car pulled over on the side of the road by a State Patrolman. (See his blog entry for Tues. April 8th at 3:51pm)

I believe spring starts when my neighbor, I’ll call him Mr. Jones, mows his lawn.

I watched the “process” through my kitchen window. First Mr. Jones takes “the walk.” He slowly scans the yard for *objects* that could be hazardous to the lawn mower, while at the same time looking for his arch nemesis–the dandelion. Once the hazards are removed and the evil dandelions plucked from the soil, it’s time to get the mower. Mr. Jones fills the mower with gas, pulls the cord thingy a time or two, and the engine wakes up after a long winter’s nap. They work as a team, moving over the yard, leaving a pattern behind that inevitably looks like spring. Mr. Jones makes it look so easy.

I hear from a neighbor kid that the dastardly dandelion has been joined by an equally formidable foe this year –clover. Good luck Mr. Jones and thanks for ushering in spring.

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