Time for spring to bloom

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Hopefully, those couple of days last week that snuck up on us are the final blasts of winter.

Who knows?

This is North Carolina and we all know the weather is always unstable, unpredictable and can change in a moment. It covers the gamut.

It is time for all of us to get a break from cold weather and COVID.

Spring is here and the visible change is everywhere, and as noticeable as the pollen.

Grilling time is here with soft night breezes, stars and crickets.

The air on a spring night smells like wind-dried sheets and towels.

Ivory soap and Noxzema skin creams are tools of the season.

Don’t forget those flip-flops.

Easter is a holy, sacred time, but it is also a time for the children with bunny rabbits, baskets and Easter eggs.

It is cool mornings with perfect weather days. They are here again.

COVID is fading, at least for the moment. It has kept an entire world under the gun for nearly a year. Numbers are declining now and birds are singing.

Flowers are blooming. Life is anew.

Won’t be long before we’re “barefootin” and longing for the beach and the boardwalk.

Tis the season for shorts and sandals.

Soon, in these parts, we will see roadside stands with fresh strawberries, oftentimes grown in the field right behind the stand.

How about a tomato and mayo sandwich, doctored to taste with salt and pepper? It’s a Southern thing.

A ride through the countryside brings out another jewel — the smell of newly-turned earth and the movement of massive farm equipment of today’s modern world.

Yet, if you look intently enough perhaps you will see a faint silhouette of a mule pulling a plow and a farmer with a straw hat.

It is a season to let the imagination run wild.

The season is dressed up now in her new attire and she snuck up on us overnight.

What a monumental welcome it is.

It makes you want to wiggle your toes in the sand.

All is new again.

William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at wnh9326@gmail.com.

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