It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.
- Charles Dickens
Within twenty-four hours we travelled from a place where the sun shines hot to a locale where the wind still blows cold.
We spent a few days in the Sunshine State with the grandkids. One day we visited a water park, one lazy afternoon pigging out on junk food and watching a baseball spring training game (Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets), and one day the girls - Mom, Grandma and the two granddaughters - enjoyed a girls' only day, the highlight supposedly a tour of the Barbie Dream House. Grandpa spent the day with his grandson building a model airplane and gorging on chocolate chip pancakes at the local pancake house.
Let me give Moms and Grandmoms a heads up - Barbie's Dream House is way overpriced. The girls' day out included lunch at a restaurant before the tour and ice cream at a neighborhood ice cream parlor afterwards. Both were better deals.
I was never a Barbie fan anyway.
We are now in the north country, where during the long winter activities center on indoor events such as watching movies or making hot soup and comfort-food cookies.
It snowed in Vermont a couple of days ago, making signs of spring difficult to find. On the positive side snowshoeing and other winter sports are more enjoyable in spring (for many of us, anyway) than during gray, bitterly cold winter days. With more hours of light and the appearance of the sun, the earth begins to warm the land as well as our body and soul. Fewer layers of clothing allow more comfort and freedom of movement. We have more energy, as if awakening from a state of semi-hibernation.