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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring!

I greeted the day with a walk up my hometown mountain with a sweet friend. The ski hills are still covered in snow, but the trees were budding in the morning sunshine. Her ritual at the top is to shout out these words:
We are happy! We are healthy! We are wealthy! We feel terrific! Hip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray!
I laughed as the two of us yelled under the blue morning sky! And then I told her about Erin Stead's artwork in And Then It's Spring (by Julie Fogliano). I love how the dog and boy (and a few other characters) hopefully plant seeds in the brown hues of early spring and watch faithfully for signs of green growth. I love that the dog waits patiently next to a dirt pile, hoping for bones to grow. And I especially love the sign warning the bears not to stomp on the precious piles.

How did you celebrate the day?


  1. got the car fixed in the fog, listened to a concert on a traditional turkish stringed instrument, listened to a brand new opera, walked my legs off in the sunlight, attended a lecture on vernal pools.

  2. There's a great book about vernal pools for young readers. I'll try to locate it at school this week and send you the title.