Growing up in Pennsylvania, we are fortunate to experience the four seasons. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. The times we lived in other places and didn’t have the four seasons, we realized how much we missed the changes. However, now that I’m older, I think Winter is for children. When I was young, I enjoyed ice skating, making tunnels in the snow and walking on the high drifts, trying to keep from falling through the crust and, yes, making angels. There is beauty in each season, of course.
Spring and Summertime are my favorite seasons for many reasons. I feel renewed in the springtime after the winter months. I love seeing the new growth of plants and buds popping. I enjoy watching the leaves turning different shades of green on the trees all over again, or observing the birds as they become very active and start looking for their home to nest. Some birds, like the wrens, will go from birdhouse to birdhouse, checking which one they like the best, just like people. There is a renewal in nature that brings me joy each year, and the cycle continues.
In my book “Teachable Moments – A Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery.” I included some of my mother’s poetry. She certainly was one of the first persons to help me appreciate nature. One of her poems brings it to light.
“Surrounded by Nature”
~ by Barbara M. Hauck
The roses are wild, but mosquitoes seem tame
They fly so slow, act like they’re lame!
The Birds, some are big, like the raven for one
He flaps his big wings until the set of the sun.
Then wee Jenny wren, how sweetly she sings
To all who will hear her, much happiness brings.
To this day, I love watching birds and hear their songs. For two years, the wren built a nest in the wreath on our front door, reminding me, “We’re still here.”
Whether it’s anticipating “going barefoot” or enjoying nature like the wild turkeys, deer or bear with their new cubs, it is obvious that spring is here. I look forward to enjoying more adventures with nature as I leap into a new spring and summer.
Do you have a favorite season? What are the things you like during those months?