By Allison Adams
Ah, the sounds: buzzing bees, boats in high gear across the glassy water working hard to warm itself in the sun. And as I write this, a different buzz of the Blue Angels as they prepare for their weekend show.
Spring brings with it thoughts of hope, revival, and change.
The bulbs I planted in the dead of winter are now peeping their way through the still-cold soil. They didn't wait to see what the weather was going to do. They knew, as designed, that it was time for them to burst forth and push their flowers to the surface.
Perhaps God knew how these cold winters might drive us nearly to the breaking point, offering little hints of life throughout the trees so that we might "hang on" for warmer weather.
Rooted trees planted deeply into the soil are now displaying tiny caterpillar-like buds of color on the once smooth, ice-like limbs.
Spring is upon us, and after the winter we have had, I too am relieved that I can get outside more and spend less time in front of the fireplace (although that has its perks too). I pull out my Pinterest boards, which I notice, even when perused during winter, share ideas for open, cool, spring-like spaces. Hours of daydreaming in front of my iPad of colorful changes I might add to our decor are evident - and inspiring.
It is spring when we put away the heavy, furry blankets. It is also the time "spring fever" occurs, making us ready to go, to do, to make a move, and to splurge! I, as a Realtor, have been eagerly working to help change-seekers find their match.
Spring is when I get most inspired to write and paint. The same scenes of winter begin to change; They take on a new life, color, and movement.
Spring is when we start making plans to hit the lake, a beach, a park. It’s also the time we possibly panic about the quickly approaching bathing suit weather, spurring us to hit the outdoor running trails in addition to the gym.
Spring is when festivals beacon us to enrich our minds, our walls, our stomachs with new things.
On April 11, there are a number of great excuses to get out and proclaim your stake in spring. Runners: Join the Will May 5K Run, which this year will be at Sokol Park in conjunction with The Tuscaloosa Association of REALTORS Bark in The Park at the Will May Dog Park.
On that same day, The Druid City Arts Festival is going to be in full swing, with art, music, food and plenty to get you inspired for spring.
Get your shorts out of the bottom of the drawer, pull out your flip flops, grab your dog (they’re washing dogs for a world record at Bark in the Park, and couldn’t “Fido” use a good bath?) and get ready to have some spring fun.
Be sure to open your windows all the way down and celebrate life, spring and creativity before the April rains begin to fall.
And I hope you will come see me at the DCAF and see what spring has inspired me to create!
Blessings from Lake Tuscaloosa,
Photo: Allison Adams