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Looking forward to Spring

Published 6:08pm Wednesday, February 26, 2014

We may have a few more cold snaps in our immediate future, but I have a feeling those are becoming the exception rather than the rule.
It was a long winter – longer and colder than any other one I can remember, it seems.
We got snow – not just flurries but actual, true-blue, roll-up-a-snowman-and-have-a-snowball-fight snow. More than once, grocery stores got wiped out of bread and milk, and schools had many more closures than in recent years (much to the students’ delight, I’m sure).
We also seemed to get a lot of liquid precipitation, leaving the world a damp, grey, cold place, seemingly devoid of life.
Then this week when I was in our Wetumpka office, I noticed what a beautiful day it was outside – not a cloud in the sky.
Plants and flowers are beginning to grow again, giving the ground a tinge of green among the brown and grey. I noticed the tiniest purple flowers beginning to sprout – a sure sign that the earth is as antsy for warmer weather as I am.
The air even smells different, perhaps with the first hints of pollen emerging (sorry to all of you spring allergy sufferers – I know how hard that can be!).
I sat down on the steps in front of the office and closed my eyes, letting the sun warm my face for the first time this year.
All around me, I heard birds chirping and leaves blowing along the pavement. Far away I heard the deep thrum of passing 18-wheelers and other traffic, and a cool, intermittent breeze made the temperature an absolutely perfect 70 degrees.
You’ve gotten here just in time, spring. We Alabamians have been anxious for your arrival.
Virgil Kraft once said, “Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”
I look forward to seeing what God does with the world this spring.
Spears is general manager for The Outlook.