Weekly Word Prompt: Spring Fever

I don’t have even a hint of spring fever unless you count a deep yearning to see a flower bloom and have the temperature rise regularly about 60 degrees. But spring isn’t much of a season in New England and every year, we hope we’ll get a “real” spring … and we don’t. It’s something about winds and ocean and rivers and rocks.

Birds not of a feather

Living in New York, which is just 240 miles south of here, we got a real spring. By this time of year, we had magnolias and crab apple blossoms and the daffodils were up and the grass was green. You wouldn’t think a mere 4 or 5-hour drive could make such a difference in climate, but it does.

Two Goldfinch

The closest vision to spring I’ve had is watching the birds change from their winter colors to their breeding colors. The dull greenish-yellow Goldfinch are brilliant yellow and even the brightest birds of winter are brighter now. Otherwise, though, we have some green shoots coming up from the ground, but other than a few crocuses, that’s pretty much it. No leaves, no flowers. No green grass.

A pair of Goldfinch – Two boys this time

We do, however, have ticks. And ants. They know it’s spring, even if the rest of New England still thinks it might yet return to winter. I think we are past that, however. It isn’t warm, but the really deep cold is gone. Now, it’s just muddy and chilly. And, I need to remind myself, by a few weeks from now, summer will show up overnight.

Our spring is usually one afternoon in early May. The next day, it’s 85 degrees. Flowers are blooming like mad and all the trees are in full leaf. Sometimes, this rollover into summer happens in a few hours. We go grocery shopping and by the time we are on our way home, everything is blooming.

I’ve lived up this way for more than 30 years and I’ve never gotten used to the suddenness of the seasons. Autumn was like that too, until recently with climate changing. It would be summer and the next day, it looked like every tree had been lit from within.

For the past few years, we’ve barely had any autumn at all. I’m used to missing spring, but fall has always been my favorite season, especially in New England … and having it disappear is very sad.

Maybe it will come back this year.

22 thoughts on “HOW CAN YOU GET SPRING FEVER IF SPRING HAS NOT SPRUNG? – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. This has been our first Springlike week of the year where it’s been in the 60’s or 70’s for more than just a single day and everything is finally starting to bloom. So much so that I’m afraid I’ll have to dig out the lawnmower by next week…. sigh.

    Then again, the cold front is due to pass through any minute and it’ll be in the lower 40’s by late night…


  2. I miss the overnight blooming and lushness of the Winter cold-tempered azaleas we had outside our home in Wakefield, MA, when I lived there 34 years ago. Nothing beats the overnight blossoming of the flowers suddenly released from their Winter cold and Spring rainy season.

    That being said, though, February used to get on my last nerve. It didn’t matter how active I was for skiing or anything else Winter-related, I needed flowers and scents and color and used to buy tiny potted flowering plants and put them all over my workspace to help keep me sane from February onward. Or, on freezing cold but sunny days, I’d drive out to Wingaersheek beach or up to Rockport for a sunny, thawing-out drive and bake in the sun, hiding from the cold in my well insulated car.

    Hang on, Spring will be there soon, despite the crazy weather conditions.

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    • February SUCKS. March isn’t much better and this year, April is pretty much the same as March, but a little warmer without the snow. Mostly, we’ve had really lousy weather more or less ALL the time. Less snow, but much more rain and a LOT more wind. And yet I’m sure spring, however briefly, will come.

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      • Seems to me that April was usually sunny and warm. But I may be looking through a pink filtered looking glass.


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