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SPRING IS WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE WHISTLING EVEN WITH A SHOE FULL OF SLUSH*
Martin told me I looked like a toddler today. It was because I was kicking snow and hollering "take that!" at it. It's melting, but there's so much of it, it's taking forever. And it's melting from underneath in places so that it's hanging in lacy little ledges, tempting little wedges of rotten, diamond-bright, icy snow. If you kick it just right, with a roundhouse sort of swing to your leg, it sprays up and out in a glittering arc. Ha ha! Take that, snow! Your time is UP!

He did clarify that I would look more like a toddler if my head was bigger. "And if my arms were shorter," I shot back.

During the one-room spring-cleaning binge that struck me this weekend, I cleaned out a pile of old videotapes, and there were 7 or so with no labels that I stuck into the player to check and see what they were. One turned out to be a 6-minute video of the entertainment at the AWC Independence Day party in 2000. Karin was a year old, Martin was two and a half. Talk about big heads and short arms! SO CUUUUUUUTE! I turned and looked in astonishment at the huge gangly kids sitting next to me. My god, they change so subtly you don't even know until you see a video like this and remember the way they moved and the squeak of their voices and how BIG their eyes were. How small they were. How short! Karin's head still fits just under my chin, but barely. I wouldn't return to those days, though. She sleeps through the night now.

It's been a week of solid sunshine here. Bright blue skies, but not exactly warm. I'm still scraping windows in the mornings. Still wrapping a scarf around my throat for walks. What a gift spring is. It's like wrapping up the whole world in a warming, greening ribbon of joy. One that unwraps itself oh so slowly.

Good things: the positive attitudes of people I love when faced with incredible odds and harrowing revelations, how much the kids like the "Come & Get It Sauce" I made to go with dinner, having my summer vacation dates approved.

Sending LOVE & STRENGTH to: John & Simone and her parents, and to Debbie & Ola and their kids

Hip hip hooray! Happy birthday wishes to Neil!

*Title from a quote by Doug Larson
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mood: calm
music: Peregrines—Let It Go
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Sushi! Tomorrow! With you! And melting snow! Joy! (Pick you up at 1130, yes?)

Yes, yes, yes! Hurrah!

From Megsie

I can hear your exuberance! Spring! I am really loving the warmer temps here...no more scraping (for the moment) for me. NO sun today though. It is amazing the effect that has on my mood. I love that you were kicking the snow. Heck, I just LOVE THIS POST! xoxo

Re: From Megsie

Today we're back to below freezing temps, grey skies and mittens....brr!

(Anonymous)

Spring is slushing here too- a week of 40*'s and nearly as many 50* days forecast or nearly that warm. The huge piles of snow are slumping down and the road is muddy, but the snow in the yard is still ankle deep IF you can drop through the crust. I also threw out a big pile of old videos - but happy they had labels! Hope you put one on that treasure! And Happy to hear the vacation is approved - anxious to hear that tickets are purchased! Love, Lizardmom

Talked to John briefly last night, he was supposed to call back but his phone was being wonky so hope he gets through tonight...I'm wondering if their plans are going to change. We won't buy our tickets until after we get paid at the end of the month :)

(Anonymous)

I will try to call John when I return from work this afternoon. I am also waiting to hear of your tickets. Love from the cracked Seester!

We have sun here too.

I feel like a toddler each morning on my way to work as I seek out all the "cracky ice" so I can step on it and feel that crunch. :)



Snow brings out the kid in ALL of us, no matter what!

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