What I like about spring is that it usually is cool outside when I wake up and by the time late afternoon rolls around, you can walk around without a sweater. The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and we're all on the countdown to summer. But really, the best thing about spring in Mississippi is the blooming wisteria.
As I guess you can tell, my favorite color is purple. And since wisteria is this lovely shade of lavender, I can only love it. As I drive down my road, it seems to be growing everywhere, draping over the road like a waterfall of purple, just for me. I used to have some wisteria in my backyard. What I'm not mentioning here is that wisteria only has these beautiful blooms for a short time, and then it goes back to being this really ugly and annoying vine/bushy plant. David got tired of it and killed it several years ago. Luckily, it grows just about everywhere else so I can enjoy it as I ride to and from work each day. Once at work, I can enjoy my wisteria colored walls. Yes, that's right...I painted my classroom walls in a color named, "Weeping Wisteria." It's lovely. I dread the day that I have to move classrooms, for fear that 1) I will have to repaint the new room or 2) I won't be allowed to paint my new room and I have to settle for institutional tan. How sad. Also moving the tons of crud that I've collected and stored in my classroom won't be fun either, but that's another post for another day.
So for now, I'm enjoying spring. I just enjoyed a week off from work and around the corner I'll have a four day weekend as we celebrate Easter. Who doesn't love Easter? The fabulous candy? The wonderful weather? The blooming wisteria??? I should stop before I convince myself that spring in Mississippi is the best thing going. (By the way, if you read my earlier post on pine pollen and are wondering how I could love spring with all that in the air...well....I think the worst of the pine pollen is over.)
If you should happen to be driving down the road and see a bunch of wisteria, take a moment to stop and smell the flowers. You'll be glad you did.