As the snow melts, all sorts of treasures are showing up in our yard: The snow shovel that had been missing since December; two or three basketballs; a croquet mallet; a bunch of old newspapers, left moldering in a pile under the mailbox.
Yesterday, I found an unopened Fedex package on the side of the driveway. It turned out to be a DVD that I had ordered for my godson's birthday back in January. It was quite a relief to finally locate it; I had been working under the assumption that it had been delivered back around Christmas and that I had misplaced it somewhere in the house.
Of course, I had no memory of actually receiving it. That's the problem. In addition to other peri-menopausal / hormonal lapses, I have totally lost my mind. Or maybe just my memory.
I can't remember.
I was driving home today, enjoying the sunshine, when a wild turkey dropped out of a tree on the side of the road. I love wild turkeys. They're really cool, and rather historical. Did you know Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey would be a better emblem for our country than the bald eagle? He saw the turkey as "a Bird of Courage", while labeling the bald eagle "a Bird of bad moral Character."
As the cars lined up behind me, I watched sixteen turkeys slowly make their way across the road. Yup. Sixteen of them. As the last proud bird flapped its way up into a tree on the far side of the roadway, the traffic eased back into motion. Every driver that I passed going in the opposite direction was grinning from ear to ear.
I guess wild turkeys will do that for you. Or maybe its just spring.
Spring is a time for letting go and a time for new beginnings. As the weather warms, we emerge from our own hibernation and reengage with the world around us.
It might be time to start thinking about doing a cleanse, or maybe some spring cleaning. Is there someone you need to forgive -- or some old emotional baggage that you need to release? Take a deep breath of fresh, spring air and get started.
This might be a good time to build some new family habits. January (remember those New Year's resolutions?) can be a tough time to get motivated, with all the sluggishness of winter slowing you down. For making real, lasting changes in your family's lifestyle, spring is ideal.
Maybe find some new ways to enjoy the great outdoors as a family. Start a tradition of Saturday morning bike rides and get your fresh air and exercise at the same time.
As you ease out of the heavy, "comfort" foods of winter, start bringing more raw fruits and vegetables to the family table. Give your digestive track a chance to come out of hibernation, as well.
Start planning a family garden, so that you can enjoy your own harvest in the fall.
Connect with nature. Connect with each other.
For a bit more assistance in connecting with the spirit of the season, see "How Do You Know When It's Spring?"
If you would like to re-visit your New Year's Resolutions -- or make some brand new, "Spring Resolutions" -- see "New Year's Resolutions, Made Simple."
I highly recommend Staying Healthy with the Seasons, by Elson Haas. It is a lovely book, based on the Chinese 5-element theory and walks you through pages and pages of healthful hints for each season of the year. The chapter on spring includes instructions for a simple cleanse, if you are interested in trying one.