Have you ever pondered the many uses of the word spring in our vernacular? As always, writing these Publishers letters gives me think time. Here goes:
Spring up. Spring forward. Spring back. Spring green. Spring chicken. Spring to mind. Spring a leak. Spring into action. Spring for. Spring to life. Spring to attention. Spring in your step. Spring from. Spring clean.
Then there’s Spring Fever.
That’s the one that rolls off everyone’s vibes that I’m around these days. I, being the cold-weather lover that I am, secretly roll my eyes and internally stomp my foot over the horrible slight that we got no snow this year. But I know I’m out-numbered. All the “Only ___ more days til Spring” posts of Facebook, all the “Man, I can’t wait for 80° days” comments. Whatever.
But I will acknowledge that it’s exciting to see the Outer Banks coming back to full functioning status during Spring. Many beloved restaurants open back up after a winter hiatus, and those that sustained us through the cold (thank you!) entice us in with new Spring menus. Shops extend their hours and display the marvelous new warm weather merchandise on their shelves. Lots of outdoor adventures begin anew. Reservations for our hotels, rental homes, B&Bs and campgrounds start pouring in. And, yes, the warming breezes and all the flowers that start popping out of the ground are very nice.
Ok, ok … seeing friends emerge from winter hibernation is great too. So is going walking or running without four extra layers. And I have to give a nod to being able to get back out on the boat or onto the golf course. Then there’s the ability to throw open the windows and stop seeing power bills that make you want to faint. Spring gardens. Spring yard work. Spring beauty.
You got me. Hope springs eternal … even for a winter diehard.
Welcome back, Spring. We appreciate all you bring.