I love the Spring. I would never complain about this glorious season. Not me! Haven’t I spent the last week singing it’s praises?
As much as I love this time of year, there are just a few things that make Spring time a little less-than-perfect.
1 – Allergies. I sneeze. My nose runs. My eyes water. If I take allergy medicines, I turn into a zombie who calls fruit punch cheesecake juice. I could close off my house to the outside elements and use the air conditioner from March to October, but I simply love keeping the windows open and the fresh air coming in. So I suffer through the Spring allergy season.
2 – Daylight Savings Time. Need I say more, really? First, I lose an hour of sleep. And then for weeks after my kids don’t feel tired at bedtime and insist on reminding me that “It’s not dark yet, Mommy! It’s not bedtime!” If I’m going to have to go through a time adjustment, please let me do it after flying to visit my mom, and not in the middle of the kids’ school year.
3 – Ants. They’re back already. No longer can we leave an innocent Cheerio on the floor. One of the kids asked today how the ants could smell food that well. They’re just good at it, I guess. During Church, AJ drew a picture of a pretty Spring flower and green grass. Then he colored the bottom of the page brown (the dirt under the grass, of course) and filled the dirt with little black ants. He’s a smart kid. Soon the ants will not only be in the dirt outside, but crawling in my upstairs shower and along the window sill in my bedroom. We have strange ants here.
4 – Smell. I love the smell of flowers blooming, even when that smell makes me sneeze, but I cannot stand the smell of kids after they’ve been playing outside. I would never want to discourage my kids from spending their afternoons playing outdoors, but BOY do they stink when I call them back inside! Bath times certainly increase in the Spring.
5 – Clothes. I never know how to dress my kids from week to week during the Spring. In the morning it’s chilly and in the afternoon it’s hot. The kids complain to me about having to carry their coats home after school because they are SO HOT. Poor kids.
6 – The Park. I love the park. I really do. And I love to let my kids play at the park. It used to be that all of my friends and their kids would meet at the park nearly every day after school. Those were the good old days before all of those friends moved away. Now, most days, I sit on a bench while the kids play. I enjoy the change of pace for an hour or so and I force myself to relax and read a book. But most days, I think about all I need to be doing at home. Why is it so hard to step back and relax?
7 – Birds. I love seeing birds outside, but try as we might, we cannot keep birds out of a little vent hole we have in the front of our house. We have covered the hole with mesh wire, but the birds have pulled the covering away. They are determined to come back year after year and have their babies in our vent. So as we are sitting on the toilet in our front bathroom, we can hear birds moving around about our heads. In a month or two our bathroom will smell like a zoo, no matter how clean we keep it. And don’t get me started on the baby birds we’ve had to retrieve out of the vent. And by “we” I mean my husband, of course.
If I made a list of the things that I love about this season, it would be much longer. Warm breezes. Sandals. The sunshine. Flowers. Chirping birds waking me up. Open windows. Tired kids at night. The great pictures that I can get when we’re not cooped up indoors all the time. But like everything else in life, with the blessings come the challenges.
What do you love and hate about the Spring?
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