Every year when the first glimpse of green peeks out from the dead cold ground, I start to get eager for the summer time. I start to think about BBQing and mowing our lawn for the first time, and driving around with the windows open and leaving my bulky winter coat at home. It changes my whole look on life when the weather is nice.
My husband and I moved into our house in November, so all the trees and flowers were already past their prime and we didn’t think twice about what was beneath the flowerbed. Just last week a small bunch of tulips started to sprout and it dawned on me that I had no clue what else was going to grow. It also dawned on me that I have to maintain a flowerbed now. I remember my mother pulling weeds and doing work in the flowerbed when I was younger…I’m not sure I’m ready for this. I think I would either go completely obsessive with it and want all the flowers to grow in particular spots (I might have a little OCD) or I would just put taking care of them off for another day…much to find out that you can’t just put it off. I guess I will just have to play it by ear on that one.
Spring marks the start of a fresh new beginning. The cold season ends and it seems that everything starts over. Animals come out from hibernation and the world seems more active as outdoor sports pick back up and children play on their swing sets again. It always makes me smile to know that I wont have to defrost my windows in the mornings before work or walk through snow, slip on ice, or deal with the painfully cold winter breeze. Now, I know that it’s slightly early for Spring according to the calendar but my flowers don’t seem to care. This up and down weather has them confused as to which season we are really in. So it looks like, according to the flowers, the seasons are changing early.
In this case, change isn’t always bad. I’m completely okay with saying goodbye to the cold mornings and hello to sunny summer days. Here at the Journal, it seems that we will be going through change as well as James Brandly will be starting a new journey with LCCOA and we will be welcoming in a new employee. We have been on the search for a replacement, but I’m not quite sure who will be able to replace all the random pranks, song outbursts, and crazy off-the-wall ideas that we never accomplished. It will be tough to move forward but we all must continue to keep our lives moving in the right direction and when you see an opportunity sometimes you must jump feet first and hope for the best. The Journal wishes James “good luck” with his new path! Remember change comes at the blink of an eye and some are very unexpected, but everything happens for a reason.
By Kristen Harris