Is it just me, or is this the longest spring season in recorded history?
And no, this isn’t really a post about how difficult it has been to be cooped up indoors a lot, separated from friends, missing out on events, and so on. (If you’re looking for that, try these posts.)
I don’t remember spring ever lasting this long because it is usually lacrosse season, celebration season, end of work season, and so on. We are often driving and juggling and cheering and volunteering and working nonstop. And I love and miss a lot of that. But this season has allowed me to notice and enjoy spring in new ways. I have always loved fall above all else, but I’m now seeing that spring has its charms.
Couple that with my commitment to be more intentional about spending money and I am finding myself relishing small, simple pleasures.
I’ve mentioned the morning reading that has replaced my sometimes frantic commute. Quiet, candle, coffee and a book starts my day most of the time. You’d think a librarian would read a lot, but I honestly don’t make the time for it that I should. Right now I am going into my physical building to work for a few weeks, so reading time is short but I try not to miss it.
Bike rides. What would I do without my bike? I’m sort of obsessed with it. I keep it on my car pretty much all the time and biking on the back seat inside just in case the opportunity to ride presents itself. Cruising new paths in the sunshine with my riding partner is happiness and adventure when going very far from home isn’t happening. It feels like a mini-vacation and is one of the few times I feel truly care-free.
I am a farmer’s market fanatic. The pandemic has caused many local farmers to revamp their business models. I’ve been able to order flowers and farm boxes and pick them up safely. I actually love that I can order what I like and have it held for me. It’s frustrating to drive all the way to the market only to find they already sold out of my favorite sungold tomatoes or, later, September Wonder apples.
Which reminds me, it is almost tomato season here where we live. I look forward to these summer veggies all year. Right now we are in the heart of strawberry season. I found an hour the other day to drive out to a strawberry farm and pick a couple of buckets. If you have never had strawberries straight from the vine (or tomatoes for that matter) you are missing out. It’s a totally different taste than supermarket berries. And the experience of picking them myself in the hot sun was sweet and reflective. Fresh strawberries are one of the sweeter things in life. It’s been great to share them with people who appreciate them.
What simple pleasures have you rediscovered in these hard times? Walks? Game nights? Family dinners? Tell us in the comments.