Friday, March 26, 2010

The Happy Book for 26 March

Today is a good day to start off thinking about The Happy Book club: It's cold and blustery - just when we've gotten lulled into spring mode. But this week, the weather has made me really happy. I think this is my favorite season. I love, love, love the lengthening days, watching for new plants and flowers every day, hearing all the bird songs as they call to their mates. I love walking out the door and smelling earth. I love the misty gentle rains that make your skin feel fresh, almost make you feel like you should be growing and blossoming, too.

I was walking by the "lake" at Vassar before sunrise earlier this week. A great blue heron took off from the edge of the water just a few feet from me - rising ghostly, large audibly flapping wings. Such a great image against the barely lightening sky. It filled me with wonder.

Marcus, at 5, loves dinosaurs. Students at Vassar had painted dinosaur footprints on the sidewalk in front of the geology building, and when I saw them on my morning walk I knew I had to take him there. So I picked him up from school yesterday and took him to see them. He asked if they were real or painted. I told him they were painted but it didn't diminish his enthusiasm. We followed them into the woods where they seemed to originate and every little depression he called out "Look, here's another one!" And the mud hole was surely the site of some bones that we should dig. It is so much fun to play with a 5 year old.

I hope you're savoring happy times, too.


  1. There is nothing better than sharing experiences with children and seeing the world through their eyes. Your description of spring is wonderful. We have one beautiful day and then three or four of gloomy rain. I can't wait for spring to get here and stay. Have a wonderful week.

  2. What a joy to share happy moments in that way. I'm so glad you're sharing them here with us too.

  3. I was a Kindergarten teacher for many years, and love five year olds--their wonder and enthusiasm are so delightful. Thanks for sharing your Spring walk with us. Have a happy weekend.

  4. It is raining here and I just love the smell when I walk outside. A since of renewal for spring. I do miss the days when my children were only 5 and were fascinated by so many things. Yet we do still find time together and that is wonderful. Thanks for sharing! Have a great Happy week:)

  5. I love, love, love spring too. We do not have any buds or blooms yet. But it is in the air. I love your description.

    Happy Spring! :)