Tuesday, March 30, 2010

In Like a Lion

Out like a lamb... Well, not quite, but we're getting closer. I've been in my office working this morning and had to take a walk to the mailbox. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. The squirrels are scrambling around. It's just a lovely spring day. The wind is blowing and there is still a nip in the air, but you can tell that the promise of warm days is just around the corner.

On days like today when my boys were little I'd take them to the dollar store or Wal-Mart and get a kite.
Sunny, spring days with a nice breeze are just perfect for flying a kite. Together we would fly it, me and my little boys. Sometimes it would seem to be flying high and all of the sudden, something would bring it down to the ground. And then you'd have to untangle the string and get it back up again. It would never last very long before it got tangled up in a tree or a phone line or something else in the way. But oh, was it fun while it lasted. I probably enjoyed it more than they did. I don't know if they even remember flying a kite with me. Probably not. But I do.

A day like today also makes me think of this.

Beautiful thrift. Nothing says spring to me any louder than these little darlings. Both my grandmothers had thrift growing in their yard. MaMa Howell had it all along the bank in the front of their house. I remember hunting Easter eggs hidden in that thrift that was growing on a bank that, as a little girl, seemed so big. I haven't been by the house in a few weeks, but I'll just bet that the thrift is still growing on that bank.
MaMa Kimball had thrift too. Hers wasn't quite as organized as MaMa Howell's was. Hers was in patches here and there. But it was mixed in with so many other beautiful spring flowers. Like these.
Don't you just love jonquils? To me they scream of an old homeplace. I see them lots of times around old, rundown houses. Or a place where the only thing left of the home is the chimney. The years go and the people go, but the jonquils stay there and bloom year after year after year.
Well, this is making me melancholy and kinda sad thinking about springs of the past. I better get my mind on something else before I end up in a puddle of tears.
What brings spring home to you?
Till next time...


Theresa said...

Ahhhhh yes, Spring is feeling like Spring today! I love all of the memories. Easter at our old homeplace, jonquils, thrift, the camelias are blooming up there right now... oh what sweet memories. I have been walking around in my own yard today while the kids were swinging and running around in the grass. The buds on the trees are beginning to pop and oh the little plants poking their heads out of the ground.

It has been a gorgeous day around these parts!

Love you bunches! Auntie T

suzanne said...

Oh, lots of springtime memories for me, too. Smelling freshly cut grass for the first time always makes me think of spring, the jonquils, the tulips, thrift, dogwood trees, stinky Bradford pear trees, opening the windows in my house and the way it smells when you walk in... oh, and one more important thing that always signals spring for me -- drumroll, please... SNEEZING!!!!

billypandnikkysmom said...

Ahhhhh SPRING! They say that the rain will stop by the weekend up here and it will be warm & sunny :) so I will be outside soaking up some rays!

Laura said...

What a beautiful post of memories.
Is there another name for Thrift? I would like to find it where I live.

I enjoyed visiting so much.


wendy said...

I don't think I have ever seen "thrift". That's the name of a plant/flower...really. WOW, it is so beautiful.
I love the spring flowers the best. I wish they would last longer.

Spring is such a great time of year. Like getting released out of winter prison. Warmer, gentler, prettier.
More hopeful
I love Honeysuckle
and pussy willows

and I am SURE your boys remember flying kites with you.


tulip trees and bradford pears blooming....and those yellow bushes. Spring is beautiful...even though it kills me with allergies. Oh well, no pain...no gain!

Cindy Lou said...

Everything...blooming...ME SNEEZING!!! Ugh..I love everything blooming but I do not like the allergies that are coming along with it!! Enjoyed the post!! Have a great day! I love you!

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Hi Kelly. I bet the boys do remember the kite flying days. I remember doing that with Mom and PawPaw Mike when we lived in the Meadows and you know how long ago that was. Funny thing is that I do not remember the frustrating parts. Just watching the kite fly! Ask them. They will remember. I love all the spring flowers, but wish everyone did not get the "spring cold". I believe I am getting it! Have a great day!