Sunday, March 29, 2009

What I Love About Spring

Today was a beautiful spring day. For those of you who may not know, I was born and raised in Key West, Florida--the land of perpetual summer. It wasn't until I moved to Mississippi several years ago that I got to enjoy the different seasons. Fall is my favorite. My second favorite is a toss-up between winter and spring. I like winter for the holidays and such, but really what it all boils down to is....I don't like to sweat. Even when exercising, which I don't like to do. But now that winter is over and we're in spring, I'm thinking that I am presently going to rate it as my second favorite season.

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.


TheDearmanFamily said...

To me, wisteria means that spring is officially here. I look forward to it all winter long!

Ours is pretty puny this year. I'm still dissapointed.

Have you seen the HUGE tree of wisteria on S. Jackson St. right before you take the left onto Hospital Rd? Someone even built scaffolding for it. It's worth the 3 minute drive!

Vicki said...

Oh my. Is this where I tell you I had the wisteria next to my fences chainsawed down? I LOVE the kept sending out shooters that went up into electrical wires, all thru the fence, on the ground, were getting wrapped around the lawnmower blade -- you name it. I HATED to do it. It was a small one. It just had those darn shooters -- long, lone gimbly sprout outs that seemed to be taking over.
Boo hoo.
Truly - I love wisteria, too -- other places.
:) Vicki

Kevin and Hope said...

I LOVE seeing the wisteria on the way to work, too! I was just talking to Kevin about it the other day! It is just beautiful. :)

Menta Lee Hill said...

okay Tassie--it's been a week since your last post...hope everything is okay there and that your lack of blogging is because you're busy with the stuff you do. Also hope you'll find a few minutes to share your observations with your fans.