there are days sometime just before the end of winter and the beginning of spring where we get a "teaser" day. a day that has a clear blue sky, bright sunshine, and a few select clouds floating around. smiles are not forced and people seem to generally be happy. these teaser days let us humans know that things are going to get better. soon the snow will stop flying and the sun will start shining a bit brighter, but, i have learned something this week: in indiana spring isn't offically recognized until after high school basketball sectional tournaments have been finished. i had more then a few people today remark about how nice the weather was today, but that excitement and happiness about the weather was tempered by the phrase "but its not going to last..." when i asked why the answer pretty much uniform: "high school tournaments are done yet." i know this is true. i just didn't connect it to anything. this is the third winter i've lived in indiana. and the people i talked to are right. the weather is going to take a nasty turn to winter at least once and it will probably be icey. it happened last year. i remember it. its strange how people mark time. when i lived in maryland it was marked by the distinct seasons. winter: the ground rested. spring: things woke up and planting took place. summer: making hay. fall: harvest. when i lived it texas it was just varying degrees of hot, but it was also either raining and hot, or raining and cold, or just plain hot. those were the seasons. if people started wearing parkas it must of been the first part of september. (i'm being sarcastic... kind of). in indiana its either football season or basketball season. its not officially spring until basketball season is over. for some reason i kind of like that. it just seems cool to me. so, high school sectionals will continue. and the weather will fluctuate...
i saw a robin the other day. he was a fat guy. he was standing in the lawn, his orange chest sticking out like a drill sargent. i felt sorry for the guy because i know that he was here too early. i know the saying about the early bird, but still...
did i mention that it might snow tomorrow? its going to rain this weekend.
*originally published in my Opendiary.com online diary.
you gotta expect that one last cold snap before spring in the south, which is what we had earlier this week. pretend snow and all. winter loves to go out with a bang!
it is absolutely gorgeous today, however. sunny, breezy, warm enough, but not too warm. *breathing it in* perfect.
You know, I spent one summer in southern Indiana. The Columbus, Seymore area..at camp Lakeview...I do beleive the strangest people I have ever met reside in this area of the country...
Karl, it was great serving in role to 45 college students. Especially on days when you know it just clicked inside someone head and from that point on they would walk differently. Those were the days I would get on my knees and thank Jesus for the opportunity to serve.
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