Monday, March 16, 2009

The Winter Soundtrack

There are lots of things that change with the seasons besides air temperature and leaf color.

For instance ...summer laundry (less loads! More beach towels and board shorts) is different than winter laundry (lots of socks, and sweatshirts, and wet snow clothes!)

Winter Dinners (stews, soups, mostly heavy foods) are different than Summer Dinners (It's 8:00 at night already? Throw together a salad and yummy veggies from Farmer's Market!). Can you tell I'm really looking forward to summer eating?!

And the soundtrack changes. As the weather warms up, I'll hear more summer noises -lawnmowers and basketballs bouncing on the driveway and hockey pucks hitting the garage door. Even as I desperately yearn to wiggle my toes in the grass or hike a shady trail and to feel the sun on my arms and legs again, we are still entrenched in the last moments of the winter soundtrack -

Avalanche Canons Booming
Snowplows scraping by early in the morning
Snow blowers buzzing and shovels scratching over the driveway and sidewalks
Boots and snowshoes crunching over snow
Ice skates and pucks and sticks Scraping over the pond
Boots and skis and poles clanging together in the back of my car, then the boots stomping up the metal stairs and across the plaza at the resort, only to be followed by ..
Skis swishing through powder (OK, maybe a little scraping on spring corn today)

and the ultimate winter sound ...

"Powder day today Mom! Please let's skip school!!!"

It's been fun, I've had lots to love the last few months, but I'm ready for change - time to change your tune Mother Nature!