It’s official, mother nature has kicked winter’s arse and spring is in full swing. And I’m loving every minute of it.
Open windows, jackets that don’t weigh 40 pounds, things that are green – everything ‘spring’ pretty much rocks socks.
To celebrate, I’ve compiled my five favorite spring activities. (I’ll take any reason to celebrate, really).
The weather’s nice, so let’s get crackin’.
1. Two words: Rubber boots. For my friends in the UK, I believe you call these ‘wellies’. Learned this the hard way when asking a brit for ‘rubbers’. Rubbers to a brit are just not the same thing. But I digress – grab some foot wear and go splash in the inevitable puddles that are spring.
2. Bird. I mean both the noun and the verb on this one. Get your bird on and go birding. The problem with birds is they can fly and you can’t, so I suggest a good pair of binoculars, or in the very least one of those piratey-type telescopes. Arr…
3. Walkin’, yes indeed. Grab your dog and get your legs moving. Winter walking isn’t as fun (at least where I come from), because you’re too worried about frostbite and/or succumbing to to the evil elements. Spring is a whole other ballgame, so no more excuses. If you don’t have a dog, grab your friend/kid/significant other. Leash optional.
4. Sun. Wait for one of those eerily hot spring days (you know, the kind that make you think you’ve completely bypassed into summer?) and put on your shorts. I *know*, nobody wants to see those pasty winter legs – but that’s the point! Knowing the state of society right now, we could all probably use with a little extra Vitamin D. A great philosopher once said “bare your legs and you shall bare your soul.” Ok, that isn’t really true but it sounded good, didn’t it?
5. For the love of God, think of the children. I don’t just mean human kids – although they’re quite nice to think about too. Spring is the time when a lot of animals arrive into the world. In other words, there are a lot of orphan babies in about mid-April. Stop by an animal shelter or wildlife rehab centre in your area and see what they need. Places that care for spring wildlife/soaring pet populations can always use volunteers, newspaper, garbage bags, blankets and various animal food. Be kind this spring and you’ll probably find that summer treats you extra special.
There you go – plenty of spring things to keep you occupied.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find a pirate.
Keep it wild, world!