The first day of spring


I love spring.  I love the first days of spring before the tree sperm coats everything in a gross green color and before I start sneezing my head off.  I was shopping for a birthday present for my nephew last week and I saw something I couldn’t resist.  A kite.  It brought back so many great memories from my childhood.  I thought I would share one.

My dad reached down and buttoned my sweater a little tighter.  He smiled at me, grabbed my tiny little three-year old hand, and walked me across the street to the empty field there.  I remember pushing the hair out of my face over and over because the fine curly hair of a three-year old just didn’t stay in place on a windy day.

My dad held this triangle-shaped thing in his hand.  I remember it had Snoopy on it.  He was sleeping on top of his dog house just like he did in the cartoons!  I didn’t understand what we were doing, but I knew I was with my Dad, so I was happy.  He had me sit down in the field and told me to look closely at what he was doing.

I heard a snapping sound and a rustle as the wind caught the Snoopy triangle.  It quickly lifted over my Dad’s head.  I saw the little string holding it to a cardboard roll in my Dad’s hands.  He let the string roll out from in between his middle and ring finger and slowly pulled downward.  The kite flew up higher and higher!  I watched it rise way into the air and I remember wondering if it could touch the birds!

Dad then came over to me and slid the cardboard roll into my tiny hands.  He showed me how to pull down and make the kite fly higher.  We laughed together as it went higher and higher into the air.  The long purple tail on the kite flapped in the wind.  I remember cuddling up against him and smelling Old Spice while we sat there and flew a kite for what seemed like hours.  Neither of us seemed in any hurry to bring it down.

Do you have any pleasant memories of spring?

Author: Jill Stewart

I am a 37 -year-old woman from Arkansas who is happily married to a Scottish immigrant aka “the hubby” “the hubs” or if I am calling him directly “YO YOU!” We’ve been married for 3 years and it’s been a crazy ride, and unfortunately our finances have been beat to death in the last few years. We have two dogs and a cat, no kids. The Blog- What’ll you find: Financial Information as we try to become debt free My attempts at working and trying to maintain a home to the standards I like My adventures in learning how to sew Arts and craft projects Funny tidbits from my life including living with a Scottish person, the dogs, and other oddball things that happen to me. What you won’t find: Much on children. I don’t have kids and I can’t have kids. Recipes- I don’t mind cooking, but unless it’s something really special, don’t come here looking for the weekly recipe! You won’t find it- unless you ask my husband. If you’re interested in what you see, please follow me on Facebook or sign up for emails! Most of all, leave a comment or ask a question! I am always happy to hear from you!

5 thoughts on “The first day of spring

  1. My mind reverted back to teenager when I read the phrase ‘tree sperm,’ which made me giggle. 
    My dad and I played with kites, when I was a kid.  I remember picking out one that was purple, with a unicorn on it.  Yes, I was that kid. hehe But it was good times. 
    I just love spring.  It’s so full of promise.  Possibility.  Growth.  Thanks for reminding me of that.  Sometimes, I forget.

  2. @Blue__Summer – Snoopy was just my first kite, and my room was pink and filled with unicorns!  I still have some of them intermixed with my fairy collection! ><
    I also love spring!  At least until the allergies kick in 😦

  3. I loved this post!  I wish I had some sort of memory like this, but the first thing that popped into my head was the trees by my apartment from college and how they shat all over my car.Funny note, the sticky stuff from trees is not actually tree sap but aphid waste.  Aphids feed on tree sap in the branches and secrete what is called “honeydew” ie the sticky crap on my car.  The more you know *bling*Also thanks for the critical response to my last blog, it’s always good to hear other thoughts and sides of an idea.

  4. @Ultra_Bright – I wasn’t actually referring to sap at all.  I was referring to gross amounts of nasty green tree sperm pollen 😉

  5. @Ultra_Bright – Oh, and thank you for the compliment.  I have memories my mom swears I shouldn’t know…stuff from when I was a year old. ><

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