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There is a saying in Missouri, “If you don’t like the weather today just wait ‘til tomorrow.” No truer words have been spoken, especially in regards to the transition from winter, to spring, to summer. These five months (February through June) are filled with days that can range in temperatures from 20 degrees all the way to 90 degrees. These temperatures go from a bone chilling cold no coat can stop; to uncomfortably warm in which the humidity levels leave you completely soaked; on seemingly impossible back-to-back days. In this very same time we are blessed with every type of condition imaginable; snow, rain, sleet, hail, freezing rain, straight-line winds that seem to cut right through you, and tornadoes.
The weather is not the only thing changing during this wonderfully charismatic period of time. We will also begin to notice the affects the weather has on the plant life that surrounds us. It is a true blessing when Missouri starts to shed its wintery grey hue and begins to adopt its new colorful spring palette. A wonderful array of colors and fragrances begin to radiate from the flowers that lay dormant all winter. These flowers usher in the many unique species of butterflies and songbirds. With an abundance of activity and great change we are able to finally accept winters departure and springs arrival.
It is no wonder then, that this has become the time in which we take care of some much needed cleaning in our homes. Spring cleaning, I am sure, has become a regular and laborious chore in most households. However, it is as necessary as it is loathed, allowing us to escape from the clutter we collect over the bitter winter months that fight to keep us indoors. With a fresh and clean house we are allowed to enter summer with a feeling of accomplishment.
Perhaps this year, while all this change takes place around us, we can take time out of our busy schedules and allow ourselves to also clean out some of the clutter we have in our lives. It seems, to me anyway, that this is something I all too often forget to do. I become as the saying goes; stuck in a rut. I allow myself to become bogged down with the many struggles and problems in my life. So this spring, as the world changes so drastically around us, maybe it is time to make some changes within ourselves. A time to revisit some of the goals we had set for the year, or to get back to work on our New Year’s resolutions we perhaps may have forgotten. I know that for me, at least, spring cleaning this year is going to include more than just sweeping, dusting and sorting out my winter clutter.
By Clint Mix