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In the midst of panic, spring has sprung

Ah, yes. Spring has sprung. With all the concern — and panic surrounding COVID-19, many folks probably didn’t realize that Thursday marked the official beginning of what many believe is the best and most beautiful season of the year. Trees bud. Flowers bloom. Birds sing. Temperatures warm.

Like a bear out of hibernation, the Earth wakes up again from its winter slumber.

Yep, it’s time for spring fever.

And no matter where one lives, the old proverb holds true: “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”

Spring’s arrival may not be as pronounced in the South where mild winters dominate the landscape. But, it remains anticipated and welcomed. After all, `tis the season when hope springs eternal and we spring into action and have a spring in our step.

I’ve enjoyed autumn more than spring. Coming from the North, the explosion of extreme color in the trees and the crispness of the air replacing the heat and humidity of the summer simply is tough to beat.

But, in the same way, what’s not to like about seeing a field of bluebonnets blooming in the warming sun or having time after dinner to take a walk and enjoy the sunset? And there’s something special about hearing birds seemingly chirp a little louder and even the smell of freshly cut grass.

Spring is special in its own way.

And it’s in the air.

To “celebrate” the season, and hopefully provide a little distraction from the coronavirus that is scaring many of us, I thought I would pass along some quotes that describe this time of year. Pause and reflect on each as you read. Enjoy them as I did....

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” — Lewis Grizzard

“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.” — Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, `Let’s party!’” — Robin Williams

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” — Sitting Bull

“Spring is when life’s alive in everything.” — Christina Rossetti

“But each spring a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground.” — Lewis Gantt

“Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.” — W. Earl Hall

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” — Mark Twain

“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” — Virgil Kraft

“When spring comes the grass grows by itself.” — Tao Te Ching

“Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.” — Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” Jessica Harrelson

“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.” — Millard Kaufman

“Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil.” — Bishop Reginald Heber

“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” — Anne Lamott

“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” — Gustav Mahler

“The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” Harriet Ann Jacobs ...

Of course, maybe my favorite love affair with spring was penned by Robert Louis Stevenson:

“The air was full of sun and birds, the fresh air sparkled clearly.

“Remembrance wakened in my heart and I knew I loved her dearly.

“The fallows and the leafless trees, and all my spirit tingled.

“My earliest thought of love, and spring’s first puff of perfume mingled.

“In my still heart the thoughts awoke, came lone by lone together.

“Say, birds and sun and spring, is love a mere affair of weather?”

And then there is this quote that reminds us that spring precedes summer — the hot, Texas summer.

“Early spring is the time for vigorous change, a preparation for the heat-driven oppression that is to come.” — Henry Rollins

Finally, when referring to this time of year, I’m reminded this is my 59th lifetime edition of these warming days that stretch daylight ever longer until summer hits.

In keeping with the theme of the column, I’m therefore reminded I’m no longer a spring chicken. Enjoy the season. Stay healthy.

And, as always, thanks for reading.