Stangl

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.” — Bernard Williams

I hope you were able to have an enjoyable Easter. The weather was ideal and the holiday is a wonderful reminder of the redemption that is available to all for the asking. It’s also a great time to connect with family.

The April 11 snowstorm now seems like a bad dream as spring begins cautiously peering out, much like the munchkins in “The Wizard of Oz” after the Wicked Witch is killed.

Yes, it is time to come out, assess the damage of winter and clean things up so we can enjoy the warm weather.

I don’t know about your yard, but mine has lots of leaves left that we weren’t able to take care of before the snow fell last fall. The first step for our spring involves raking. Lots of raking. For a fat guy like me, that means some sorely needed exercise and the resulting sore muscles.

As much as I hate doing the work, it’s difficult not to enjoy being outside in the warm sunshine after months of being cooped up indoors.

We took our dogs to the groomer last week to get their winter growth removed. They both frolicked and played like puppies, reveling in the spring sunshine. Our housecats, who don’t get to go outside, try their best to stage a “prison break” of sorts every time we go to the door.

The rain of last week helped dissolve nearly all of the remaining snow and cleaned some of the salt, sand and grime away. The best thing the rain and sunshine did was to bring some color back as grass came out of dormancy and greened up.

A trio of ducks, two male and one female, have returned to our neighborhood. These three have been around our yard for several years. I am unsure of how everything works for this family unit, but it seems to work and if the ducks are OK with the arrangement, who am I to question it?

I know it has been said countless times by people who can express it more eloquently that I am doing in this space, but spring is about rebirth and renewal as well as celebrating surviving the winter.

For me, it’s about shaking the rust off of my mind and body that accumulated since November. The older I get, the harder it seems to be to fight off the instinct to hibernate for the winter. During the depths of the darkness in January, it is a struggle to function every day.

When April or May rolls around, the warmth of the sun and the length of the days helps me remember what it is like to be alive. It’s the time of year when all of the pent up energy is available for use. Sometimes for good things, other times…

Well, let’s just say this time of year are not pleasant for teachers. Children are the best barometers of how things are going and when spring hits, teachers earn every penny of their pay — and then some.

I hope you get an opportunity to get outside and get your lawn work done so you may truly enjoy the springtime.

After all, Christmas is only eight months away…

As always, I welcome your comments. You can reach me by email at tstangl@theameryfreepress.com, telephone 715-268-8101 or write me at P.O. Box 424, Amery, WI, 54001.

Thanks for reading; I’ll keep in touch. Feel free to do the same.