This Spring is Sprung

…Or Sprang

By Jeff Salter

When this topic appeared on our 4F1H schedule, none of us could have imagined what type season we’d be experiencing this year. Yet here we are.

The actual topic: what I do to prepare for Spring.

My short answer: very little.

I’m not big on seasonal decorations… and not even terribly excited about most seasonal traditions. In prior periods of my life, I was an avid golfer, so spring weather would typically signal resumption of my work on the driving range, my excursions on the golf course, and watching the big PGA tournaments on TV. But I had to give up golf decades ago, when aches and pains prevented me enjoying it anymore.

spring-broken

My longer response to this topic is that this current Spring has been so bizarre that nobody could have prepared for it. Indeed – outside of Sci Fic novels and films – hardly anyone could have imagined the changes to our economy, culture, society, businesses, focus and priorities… that have been so drastically shaken by the worldwide pandemic, CoVid-19. Not to mention the shattering adjustments to our interactions with family, friends, and fellow church-goers.

Not having daily external obligations has been harder for me to adjust to than I’d first imagined. I can no longer visit my mom in the nursing home three days a week, can no longer go to my exercise facility three times a week, can no longer assist with the kids’ programming at Church on Wednesday evenings, and can no longer worship in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. Things I’d come to take for granted – like the kind souls in my Sunday School class and the joy I get from singing favorite hymns with fellow believers – have been yanked away.

I’m adjusting better than some, I believe. Being a rather introverted homebody for quite some time, I have a level of comfort at the governmental admonition to “stay home” except for essentials and emergencies. But I know many extroverts who are pining for the BUZZ of interaction, of meeting, going, doing, etc.

Though it’s more difficult to keep track of the day and date – without my daily external obligations to tend to – I’m basically pretty content to listen to the birds, hear the breeze in the trees, and watch the trees and bushes bring forth their buds and flowers. The only thing that would make my pastoral setting more complete would to have a brook softly babbling nearby. But I suppose there’s an APP for that, somewhere in cyberspace, that I could download on my PC. Ha.

Summary: nothing could have prepared me for this particular spring. I hope the health crisis ends soon, I hope the damage to families and communities and our economy can soon heal, and I hope this lethal virus dies out so completely that we never have to read another headline about it.

When we emerge on the far side of this international pandemic, I pray all of us will be kinder, more generous, more loving, and more appreciative of the seasons as they change in their splendid, natural cycles.

Question:

How do YOU prepare for Spring?

Other aspects of spring have been 4F1H topics previously.

Things I borrow from nature [includes an original poem]:

https://fourfoxesonehound.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/images-from-spring/

My favorite signs of spring:

https://fourfoxesonehound.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/spring-whether-early-or-late/

[JLS # 484]

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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10 Responses to This Spring is Sprung

  1. jbrayweber says:

    Yes, these are strange times indeed. Like many, my life has been in what seems constant upheaval. I have confirmed over and over again how I am not fit for homeschooling my 4th grader. Day-to-day responsibilities now stack upon each other in a pell mell sort of way and I have yet found my footing in this “new norm”. This year can at us with a vengeance even before the pandemic. So much so I was questioning what I did in a past life that was so bad I’m being punished in this life. (Whatever it was, I hope it was spectacularly worth it. LOL) And then COVID happened. Ugh! Fortunately, my husband is considered an essential worker, so there’s that. (And I know that no matter how bad I think I have it, I’m blessed because others have it far worse.)

    But to your question: I guess I don’t really prepare for spring other than to wish it would hurry up. I loathe cold weather. Other than that, I do tend to do spring cleaning of unwanted and unneeded items. I usually have a garage sale late spring/early summer.

    Continue to stay healthy, Jeff! I do enjoy having you around. 🙂

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      I hate the cold weather also, Jenn. That winter we lived in the drafty farm house (here in KY), I would literally count the days until mid-April… thinking if I can just get through one day, I’ll be one day closer to tolerable weather. LOL
      As disorienting as this is for a retired old goat like myself, I cannot imagine the stress of dealing with a school-aged child and his/her lessons.
      I hope you and your family will keep on keeping on… til we all get past this mess.

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  2. Everything I normally do to prepare for spring is what I’ve been doing, except that Arnie has picked up my annuals that go into the pots I hang in my gardens. (I have a problem wearing a face mask, so he decided shopping would now be one of his chores.)

    Since I’ve never really thought of myself as an introvert (I’ve come to discover a lot of writers are), I don’t quite understand all the hubbub about staying at home. After retirement from the public work force, I gladly sat myself down in my office and enjoyed the time to write. I still do. I have no problem taking my walks (what little walking I can do now with a bad leg and a broken foot) in the backyard. The front yard is also there for my exploration.

    Another thing I don’t understand is why the need to do a physical face-to-face when we have great programs online to enjoy a church service, intermingle with our friends and family, and do a virtual face-to-face. Yes, the hugging isn’t there, but really people, how many bodies did you hug before? I get my hugs from Arnie. 🙂 My kids live too far away.

    If we put our minds to it, there are all kinds of things to do and enjoy without gallivanting hither, thither, and yon. And think of all the new and great cliches you can come up with in the process. LOL

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      Good point about all the hugging. I’m not a big hugger and generally like to give people their proper space. In return, I’d just as soon be allowed my own personal space without uninvited encroachment.
      As for gallivanting … I used to be quite good at it. But as I age, I find I’m less and less interested.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I agree, even if we’d known ahead of time what would happen this year, I doubt many of us would have understood the magnitude of changes that would take place. We still would not have been prepared. I probably would have hugged my kids and grandkids more, but other than that, I can’t imagine what I would have done differently. Winter is still hanging on up here, so we’re still looking forward to spring’s arrival.

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  4. There was a whole lot of nothing going on here, but life took another turn two weeks ago. I will expound upon that on Friday’s post. BUt I understand; there are only a few things that have been missed here since we are homebodies.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I hope we never have another spring faced with the specter of a pandemic.

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  6. trishafaye says:

    This has been a very different spring!
    As I read “and more appreciative of the seasons as they change in their splendid, natural cycles” it brought to mind some of the beautiful posts I’ve been seeing – Venice canals with clear water and ocean life returning, wildlife being spotted in areas where they’ve had to avoid, views of mountains that previously had been hidden by smog…spring sights we haven’t seen in a very, very long time!

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