Spring- A few of my favorite things.
The lengthening days and bright green tips of plants poking out of the warming earth are my favorite things about spring.
The early morning sun peeking out and spreading a fresh glow through my bedroom window before the alarm goes off makes waking so much easier. Six o'clock comes early enough but when it's in the dark during the winter I have to drag myself out of bed. Yet, come summer time when it's light at five a.m. I can get up before six and head out to change the irrigation water with a light heart and spring in my step. And it's light past dinner and I can go out and putter around the yard, sprucing things up for the new spring arrivals.
I get giddy when the first signs of spring; the Mountain Bluebird flutters around the fields and the flowers start peeking through the mulch. The bright green of Daffodil stems pushing out from their winter hiding flashes hope that winter was a fleeting thing and the land will soon be alive with color. The new buds on the barberry bushes and the purplish shoots of the peony all add to the colorful palate nature reveals after coating the land in shades of gray and white all winter.
In my book, Spirit of the Mountain, the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) return to their summer home at the start of the story. Wren, the heroine and daughter of the chief, holds the mountain in her heart. When they are far from the mountain in their winter home, she yearns for the flowers, trees, and great granite boulders of her mountain. The creatures of the mountain and all it nurtures fill her with happiness.
So in a way, I think the part of me that I captured in Wren is my love of spring flowers, nature, and desperately trying to do what is right even when it feels wrong.
What is your favorite thing about spring?
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently farm 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
Paty Jager is a member of RWA, EPIC, and COWG. Wild Rose Press has published eight of her books with Spirit of the Lake to release in May 2011. Perfectly Good Nanny, won the 2008 EPPIE for Best Contemporary Romance. She edited for an e-publisher for four and a half years and teaches workshops at conferences, writers meetings, and online.