Yes, spring has sprung here at the Maples. After countless days of dark, cold skies, punctuated by driving rain, the sun returned today. And a most welcome visitor it was.
This afternoon I sat at my computer, diligently working on a writing project. At one point, I glanced out the window behind my monitor and saw activity across the street. First, it was two neighbors talking near our community garden. Then a third came along and joined the conversation. Next a neighbor and his dog stopped to chat with them. By the time I got outside with my camera, two more had joined the group.
These impromptu gatherings are indeed a sign of spring, as much as the greening grass and budding perennials. We are a group of people who enjoy each other’s company. And after a winter’s hibernation, it felt great to spontaneously get together outdoors.
Most of the time, we chat about little things. Today’s conversations focused on spring topics, like what to plant in the garden and how to get rid of the pesky box elder bugs that have returned.
No, our gathering at the garden did not solve any of the problems of the world. But it added a little more happiness to this sunny, early spring day. And that was enough.