An Ode to Spring
Spring officially began on March 20, and here in Olney it was still a bit chilly with a high of 39 that day. March is often like that, isn’t it? We’ve experienced a wide range of temperatures so far. From highs in the upper 70s to lows in the 20s, we haven’t been able to put our winter coats and boots away yet. But as the days grow longer and lighter (thanks to Daylight Savings Time), we inch closer and closer to more consistent warmth.
Spring is evident everywhere you look. Forsythia bushes are bright yellow against even the grayest skies. And the Bradford Pear trees have begun to flower alongside the waxy pink Magnolia blooms. Crocuses and daffodils with their bright yellows, pinks, and purples brighten up greening yards, and even the weeds like dandelions and henbit are doing their best to remind us that warm weather is just around the corner.
Here at AM Transport, we’re beginning to think about firing our grill up and spending some after hours in our beer garden. But what else are we looking forward to? When I was a kid, I would have told you I couldn’t wait for May 1 because that was the day my parents would finally let us jump in the lake for our first swim of the summer. That is no longer on my calendar (I don’t swim until it’s at least 90 degrees, these days). But, I’m lucky enough to have two grandkids playing ball this summer, so I’m excited about spending a little time at the ballpark. And these longer days make after supper walks a lot more doable.
I asked the rest of the team what they are looking forward to, and here’s what they said.
Colby Shawver: Anything outside! I don’t care if it is yard work, playing ball, or walking in the woods. I am just ready to be outdoors.
Kelsie Barnes: I am ready to swim, relax outside, work out, go to barbeques, watch fireworks, and spend time with my friends and family.
Katrina Marshall: I’m ready to sit on the patio while I drink my coffee.
Rhonda Hazel: I am on the same page as Katrina. I love sitting on the patio in the morning drinking coffee. I’m also looking forward to doing some camping, and I love having flowers and playing outside with the grandbabies.
Jakob Boulb: Camp fires, smoking meat, and hanging out outside.
Justin Hatten: Baseball, both professionally and coaching Little League, and weekends at the lake.
Jaedyn Moyes: I look forward to not being cold anymore when I go outside!
Laine Slover: Fishing, hiking, walks, and unfortunately, yard work.
Zac Egleston: I’m looking forward to getting together with family and being outside more often, planting the garden and getting stuff done to the exterior of the house.
Christina Dunn: I’m looking forward to family walks and the kids being able to play in the yard.
Ethan Rodgers: Golfing!
Erik Jensen: I’m looking forward to some baseball and golf action. The course has been calling my name.
Carson Scherer: I’m looking forward to taking Rosie on some walks and watching some baseball games.
Rob McClain: I’m looking forward to spending countless evenings and weekends at the ballpark, watching our kids and catching up with other parents. It also gives me a chance to hear my lovely wife yell words of encouragement at the umpires and let them know there is room for improvement.
Living in the midwest means we get the full spectrum of weather throughout the year. It can be a bit of a bummer when the windchill is 20 below zero, but there is something so magical about the change of weather, the new foliage, the skip in people’s steps.
What are you looking forward to? Seriously, we’d love to know what spring means to you and your plans for these longer, sunshiney days!