Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
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things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
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at Guidepost Books. Her articles have appeared in
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||It Isn't Spring Yet....
It Isn't Spring Yet
pear trees are starting to blossom. They are the first
sign of spring, with crabapples, redbuds and dogwoods to follow.
Daffodils are in full bloom. Can tulips be far behind?
But don't get spring fever -- it isn't spring yet!
The cars are lined up at the local carwash. Everyone wants
to get rid of the salt and grime from winter's last fling.
You can wash your car if you want to, but it won't bring spring.
We could still have more cold weather. It isn't spring
People are walking around outside in their shirtsleeves. There
is still dampness in the air. "Put on your coat
before you catch cold!" No, I can't tell perfect
strangers to wear a coat, but they should know better.
It isn't spring yet.
A guy was on the elevator this morning with a motorcycle helmet.
He rode to work on a motorcycle? A day or two of warm
weather and people go nuts. He will get a chill and the
flu from the cold wind in his ears. It isn't spring yet!
My grandson wants to play outside. He pouted and didn't want to
wear his coat. "You have to wear a coat; it's too
chilly for going outside without a coat regardless of what all
the other kids are doing. You already have a cough."
Finally, he agrees to compromise and wear his fleece jacket.
Kids! They just don't understand that it isn't spring yet!
There is still a chill in the air. The sun may be warm but
the breeze is cool. I saw a guy in a convertible with the
top down. Another case of spring fever, no doubt. You
can't let yourself be taken over by wishful thinking.
"Put that top up and wait a while!" I'm wasting
my breath. He can't hear me at 70 mph. Doesn't
he have a mother? She will tell him. It isn't spring yet.
My backyard is full of birds: robins, cardinals, and blue jays.
They are chirping, singing, and scavenging for food and nesting
materials. They think it is spring too. Yes, it is
deceiving even to creatures. But have feathers to keep
them warm and we don't. It isn't spring yet.
My honey has been sick with a head cold. It must be
the weather, warm one day, cold the next. I hear coughs
and sneezes nearly everywhere I go. I've tried to tell
them, but no one will listen. It's March, for heaven's
sake. It isn't spring yet!
It can still get cold outside. Don't you know that the
pear blossoms are often killed by frost and daffodils can be
covered with snow? Azaleas don't have any sense either.
They bloom too early and get nipped in the bud by cold weather
all the time. It isn't spring yet!
Don't you know the rules? "No going without jackets
until temperatures stay warm for a week. No summer clothes
until after the first of May. No wearing of shorts until
about June. No wearing of white until the first of May. No
sandals until summer." Can't you at least wait until
after Easter? Quit rushing the season. It isn't spring
I must admit, it's hard to hold back the energy, the lust for
life, the yearning to be free of winter and its confinement.
It's the nesting instinct. I want to clean my nest, get it
ready for the new season. I want to clean, dust, and repaint. I
also want to wear sandals and short-sleeved T-shirts. I'm
bursting with energy, emotion and desire to plant flowers.
Spring is just around the corner and it is really just so hard
to wait. Do you suppose I could be catching spring fever
too? Who cares if it isn't spring yet?
Copyright 2006 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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