Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | March 5, 2011

Today Is the First Day of Spring

Forsythia, daffodils and dandelions came out today

Today is the first day of Spring 2011 in Tidewater Virginia.  Forsythia, daffodils and dandelions popped out today.  They appeared suddenly, at the same time, like instruments summoned by an unseen conductor.  How beautifully they played.  And they will for weeks as the rest of the floral orchestra announces itself on our humble home stage.   Let’s hear it for the opening chords of the azaleas.

It is such a thrill to welcome every Spring.   Every one is like brand new.  Every one pulses with life.  With warmth and promise.

Oddly enough, I’m actually a bid sad to see the fireplace sit so sullen and gray.  I cherish the times of rest in Winter where a sweater is more welcomed than the book in my lap.  The winter Sun plays across our windowed South walls with bright light even if it is too weak to warm.   The gas fire is like an old friend, a faithful dog, beside me.  It doesn’t look so fake.

It may get a cold for a few days again in this fickle month, but Spring is here.  I can hear the gentle opening of my favorite piece of secular music, Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring.”

Spring is here.  Easter comes.  And then spectacular Summer.  Then, Glorious Autumn – especially our Indian Summer in November.  Then, Winter’s breaks.  And, voila for as long as we breath we are blessed back again – with exciting Spring.  Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then, bye and bye, it gets even better.



  1. As Rom 1:20 states, He reveals Himself to us through His creation. Spring shouts out “Resurrection” and life after death for all who believe.

    Rejoice as we marvel at the miracle that surrounds us. Sola Deo Gloria.

    BTW: Spring started for most of us two weeks ago when pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. . .
    Now lets pull for the closet thing we in Tidewater have to a major league home team, Washington Nationals on TV today at 1300 on MASN.

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