Spring Is In The Air
When I first learned that spring was the central theme for this blog tour, my mind immediately reverted back to memories of my childhood. I grew up in the ‘country’, in a small rural town in Louisiana, where wood-framed houses lined one side of the two-lane highway and the other side was flanked by the levee that protects residents from the gushing waters of the Mighty Mississippi River. This was during the time (and I’m about to tell my age, although I really don’t mind because I believe it’s a blessing each morning the Lord allows me to wake up :)) before all the extra amenities that today’s kids take for granted.
I’m talking pre-electric/gas clothes dryers, pre all the modern amenities and technology of today... So imagine the horror and the ‘ah mans’ released when Mom announced it was time for Spring cleaning. Now picture this - our little house held myself, my parents and my 12 siblings. And in our house, spring cleaning meant taking the dark, heavy curtains down, washing them, hanging them on an outside clothes line, waiting for them to dry in the crisp spring air, taking them down and ironing them before packing and retiring them until next winter. In addition to doing this, winter clothing had to be removed from closets and drawers and packed and stored, too, to make room for spring clothing. As I mentioned, this was no easy feat with having to do this for myself and 12 other children. (Hmm, now that I think about it, I don’t remember any of my 8 brothers having to partake in any of these chores, only us 5 girls.) Then boxes had to be unpacked with the spring things.
Now, don’t you for one second think my momma allowed us to take out spring curtains and just hang them up. No Sir-ee! Those curtains had to be washed, lined dried and ironed before hanging them up. And while this was happening, windows had to be washed and cleaned, too. You don’t think my momma would allow us to hang fresh curtains on dirty windows. NOT! Needless to say, spring cleaning was not a one-day affair.
But looking back, and as tedious as these chores were, I would give anything to have at least one more moment with my mom and her assigning chores to me and my sisters. Do I carry on this tradition of spring cleaning, you ask? NOT! While I cherish the memories created back then, I am not one to sweat the small stuff, and this to me is small stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I do my share of cleaning and keeping my house organized, but I do it at my leisure. I’m retired from my 9 - 5, so when the urge strikes me to clean, I clean, be it spring, winter, summer or fall. What say you? Do you do spring cleaning?
And while we’re on the subject of spring cleaning, may I recommend spring cleaning of some of your old reading material on your eReaders and add some new reading material. And while I’m making suggestions :), may I suggest my ebook, Sacrifices In The name of Love. It is a contemporary, IR about two teens who will learn that their actions dictate painful consequences and sacrifices be made under the guise of love.
Vanessa Alexander Johnson, a native Louisianan, began writing in 1995. Her first self-published book titled, When Death Comes a Knockin’ (Book Haven Publishing, March 2005, ISBN 1-4116-2470-X), is a self-help, inspirational book about loss and grief. Her second book, Sacrifices In The Name of Love is available as an ebook through Red Rose Publishing, 6/3/2010, ISBN:978-1-60435-712-7). Her third release, Uncommon Bond will be available soon through Red Rose Publishing as well.