Spring Breakup?

Spring used to be my favorite season.  The days are longer, warmer and sunnier.  Farmers markets are open again.  Sweaters replace coats and I get to wear jeans with tank tops and flip flops.  Life is good.

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But this spring has been rough.  Frigid snow in March, cold rain in April, the “pollen tsunami” in May … Mother Nature can be one moody bitch (it takes one to know one).  So much so that I may have to reevaluate my love of this season.  Here are six reasons why I may break up with spring …

  • Fickle weather:  It’s hot.  It’s cold.  It’s raining.  It’s snowing!  Do I put away the winter coats or not?  Should I wear my rain boots or sandals?  Do I really need a blanket for the morning game, but sunscreen for the afternoon one?  For a “just in case” planner like me, these weather mood swings are both stressful and annoying.
  • Pollen:  Spring = allergy season and during this time of year, the Tarr family single-handedly keeps both Kleenex and Claritin in business.  Maybe I should buy stock to reap the benefits.
  • Gardening:  I like to think that I “garden,” but really all I do is pull weeds.  Lots of them.  Every week.  It sucks.
  • Crazy spring sports schedules:  In our house, March Madness is followed by April Anarchy and May Mayhem.  Thank goodness for carpools!
  • School event overload:  ‘Tis the season for field trips, music concerts, book fairs, science fairs, field days and class parties.  How am I supposed to get anything done when I’m in school as much as the kids?
  • Nosy neighbors:  Okay, this isn’t really their fault.  Open window season means my swearing and yelling is now audible to the neighbors.  I need to get that under control … Or close the windows.

So do my watery, itchy eyes and embarrassing window moments outweigh my love of farmers markets and flip flops?  Am I really ready to give up on spring?  Today is a beautiful, sunny spring day and it reminds of why I love this season.  No, I’m not ready to break up with spring just yet … Until I walk out the door on my way to the elementary school concert and start sneezing again as I spy all the weeds in the walkway that popped up overnight.  S***!  Maybe I should reconsider.

Happy Spring!

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– LJDT

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