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Smile – It’s Spring

By Jane Whitmore - | Apr 1, 2021

Today is April Fool’s Day, tomorrow is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter. It’s Spring!

There are so many things about Spring that bring a smile to your face.

The migratory water fowl is winging its way through our area. Pelicans can be found soaring high in the sky and landing on our area lakes. They are big birds and are easily recognizable in the air and on the lake.

Canada geese are also back in full force. Many of these birds will stay the season with us, while some will continue their flight to the north. Canadians are but one species of geese that make their way through our area. Keep a pair of binoculars and a bird book in your vehicle as you drive around the lakes and wetlands.

The robins are back and building nests. They are some of the earliest summer birds to return, with one or two spotted here nearly a month ago.

When we were children, it seemed there was always snow on the ground on April Fool’s Day. The joke we played on our mother was always the same, but she played along with us every year. We would write the word “Robin” on a piece of cardboard and place it in the snow atop the bird bath. Then we would announce there was a robin in the back yard and Mother would dutifully look out the kitchen window and be surprised.

The little blue scilla is in bloom at my house. And, there are buds on the daffodils. The tulips grow taller every day and it won’t be long and all of these Spring flowers will be in full bloom.

Each of these things is a given each Spring, despite the pandemic. This year we are seeing a few other things return that we didn’t see last year.

The Good Friday Pony Express Ride is tomorrow. Riders from all over Iowa travel on horseback to collect donations to benefit people with disabilities. They did not ride last year because of the pandemic, but will take to the trails this year. The ride, which encompasses the entire state, had its origin right here in Northwest Iowa. Stub Johnson from Spencer was a driving force.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Iowa Lakes Community College again this year. We’re looking forward to a sunny Saturday when little ones can be out on the grass picking up eggs.

This is Holy Week with Easter on Sunday. We look forward to spending time with family on this holiday.

Soon it will be time to be in our gardens, raking away the remnants of winter and uncovering new growth. Planting day is coming soon. Are you going to plant your potatoes on Good Friday? For sure, farmers are anxious to get into the field and plant their crops.

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” Leo Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina

What’s not to like about Spring!