It seems like it is the same every year that I have lived in NH (more than I’ll admit to ;) ). The 21st of March comes around and we are still waiting for spring, saying that this is the worst winter ever and it is dragging out so long. And then around April 1, give or take a week, Spring arrives out of no where. It isn’t a huge change – that happens in May (yes, the rhyme April Showers seems fitting), but you can tell. Of course there is always the possibility of snow almost until June, but a Spring snow is different.
In the last week almost all of the snow and ice went away – my back patio was over two feet deep, now there is nothing. I saw a snake. I saw some flying insects. The osprey are back on Cape Cod and nesting. There has been a stretch of warm weather, and looking ahead, though it will get below freezing a couple of nights, looks typical early April temps. The ground is (mostly) thaw – even the worst of the mud is gone (it is still mud season, though). There is a lot more green, including new grass and shoots coming up. The trees are starting to bud. I’ve seen crocuses and other flowers (yeah, photo below is of snowdrops, more of a late winter flower).
Edit – I just went out (still April 1) and took a picture of a crocus:
It is Spring! The days feel much longer, with the sun being up early (picture below was taken at around 6:30 AM) and staying light later.
That is my smile for this week, the first week that truly seems like Spring!
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small. Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile! Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).
Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.
You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.
Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)
“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”