Monday, March 31, 2008

Home again, home again, jiggity jig


It’s amazing to see the changes since I’ve been away from home. Suddenly, over the course of two weeks spring waved her magic wand and splashed away winter’s drab with yellow.

Daffodils punctuated the landscape as far north as St. Louis on the return drive along Interstates 55 and 44. And Forsythia shrubs drew my tired eyes away from the boring task of interstate driving. As I pulled in the driveway at home, I noticed the neighbor’s apple tree awash in beautiful blossoms too. Stepping out of the car was a bit of a treat too for you see spring is a little slower coming to more northern climes like Chicagoland.

So, you might wonder, am I happy to be home? I suppose so, but I must acclimate myself again to different rhythms and routines as well as prepare for a new challenge next week. And I miss one certain new member of the family much more than I thought possible. Such is life these days.

9 comments:

Sarge Charlie said...

Ahh, springtime, smile

Naomi said...

Yes it's the same here in England Sheila. We just put the clocks forward this weekend for British Summertime so now we have nice light evenings. The daffodils are out here too! Nice to see you back blogging again.

Marshamlow said...

Congratulations on the new member of the family, how wonderful! I imagine it would be very difficult to leave. Spring is here as well and I am loving it, except all the yard work, every muscle in my body hurts. No matter how hard I try I never seem to make progress and I have the brownest thumb imaginable, yet I continue to try. Perhaps this is the definition of insanity.

Diane J Standiford said...

My apt. is FULL of daffodils! Now to find lilacs!

Sheila said...

Naomi,
One of my favorite poems is Wordsworth's "Daffodils" and I can't see a field of them without recalling lines.

Marsha,
It is so hard being apart. I guess I'll get used to it eventually but not yet. On gardening: I used to love it but our yard is such a disaster I don't even want to tackle making it look better.

Diane,
Lilacs! The bestest smell! Do you grow lots of lilacs in your neck of the woods?

Lorelei said...

I have enjoyed my first Spring here in NC. It came about a month earlier than I'm used to, which means my Spring allergies came a month earlier too.

Marion said...

Spring's not sprung here yet, Sheila. I keep looking for signs, but there is nary even a daffodil leaf, let alone blooms.

But apparently April is the month where things bounce here, so I am greatly looking forward to that!

I know how much a heart can hurt, when the little grandbabes are left behind, after a visit...I never realized before I had them, how much different it is with these wonderful children.

Hang in there, Sheila...I just always start planning the next visit...or send them a parcel in the mail!

Joe said...

Sheila - may you never get used to being away from the little one, and may his/her heart yearn the same way for you...

Sheila said...

Marion,
I knew you'd have good advice--plan the next visit. Yes, that will help.

Joe,
Spoken like a grandpa.