Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A New Found Love For Spring

Let me share with you a story from my past. When I was younger, maybe 16 or 17 years old, spring was not on my top favourite seasons list. It found itself somewhere down the bottom actually with reason. My memory of spring when young was sneezing, flies missing their routes in mid air and somehow finding themselves in my nose, more sneezing, walking with my hands flying in the air whiles I fought flies, wet school shoes and oh sneezing! Needless to say spring was not exactly an attraction to me. I don't really know why I never really paid much attention to it. I did notice the beautiful tress and the horses in the fields near my home, eating grass, but somehow, my mind was too busy with other things. I never really took a moment to notice my surroundings.

Well just before winter ended this year, I found myself one day actually typing 'first day of spring' in the search engine and upon reflection now, it was the first seed towards my new found love of spring. I watched carefully as winter handed over to spring, I realise now I was harbouring an excitement to meet spring, but I wasn't aware of it until now.

Fast forward a thursday morning not long ago, on my way to work, I was met by a heavy fall of mini hail stones and wind. The next morning, again on my way to work, I noticed something phenomanal which took my breath away on the spot (though am still alive). And this was, overnight, the forest near my home had given birth to luscious green baby leaves. Every single tree which had been skeletons before had on it now the first signs of life. New born leaves. And the greenness....Oh the beauty was too much for me to take. The most beautiful green I had seen in a long time. The leaves where so young and innocent, I had to smell them and the smell was gorgeous. I even ended up buying a green cushion for our living room, I am attracted to green now.

Prior to this, mid March I experienced a conversation with the new birds which had finally made made it on their journey to join us this spring. They sang and I sang back, they whistled and I whistled back, I looked like a silly child, but I did not care because I was happy. And it was this same feeling I had when I saw the new leaves in the forest.

It is the same feeling which caused me to share this blog post. I realised, I have fallen for spring and I am still loving it.

Sometimes in taking a moment to listen to the sounds around you, nature, even traffic, something natural around you except your own thoughts, you could learn something new.

Whats your favourite season?

Yvonne Dzifa

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