I don’t know about you but I am so ready for winter to be over! Don’t get me wrong, I love New England and its change of seasons. But we’ve had a storm every week in February. I’m done with the snow, the slippery roads, the power outages. I’ve especiallyhad it with the snowsuits, gloves, hats and boots laying on the floor, surrounded by a pool of melted snow. Spring, where are you?!?! Please hurry! For if you do not quickly arrive on my doorstep I am afraid I may have to use the utmost of powers… the Jedi mind trick. You know, like in Star Wars. The mind is a powerful thing. Perhaps I, Obi-Wan of this homestead, can exude my force…
Mother Nature: Are you ready for more snow to fall?
Mama Jedi: *waving hand* There will be no more snow.
Mother Nature: There will be no more snow.
Mama Jedi: You will bring us Spring now.
Mother Nature: I will bring Spring to your doorstep now.
Mama Jedi: Move along.
Mother Nature: Move along.
Okay, so maybe I’ll just continue with wishful thinking. But, regardless, I am going to do whatever I must to get the spirit of Spring going!
This week I started on some spring cleaning. This concept is pretty foreign to me. Being half Asian, and growing up in Japan most of my life, this type of cleaning happens at the end of the year. To me, it makes more sense to purge the old at the end of year, beginning a fresh new year. However, now that I live in New England, I guess I can understand why spring cleaning is a must. You’re holed up in your house all winter, dust bunnies collecting around the wood stove, the air not circulating enough because of the tundra outside, stashing cardboard boxes down in the basement because you dread walking it to the end of your driveway for trash collection. (Note: I do not cite these examples based on first hand experience)
I so get it now.
Spring cleaning has arrived at the homestead. I am getting rid of all the “junk” accumulating around me. If we don’t use it, if it’s lost in the abyss of my kids closet, it’s gone. Although I’m sure I could make a decent chunk of change, I am not big on selling things. Instead, I choose to donate as much as I can to our school, local clothes pantry, local children’s hospital, Goodwill, and churches. It’s an act that the whole entire family take part in, and enjoy. There are others out there less fortunate that could use something as simple as a jacket, or great picture book. The notion that my son gets excited about his once favorite fire truck going to another boy puts a huge smile on my face.
A few more rooms to tidy up. One last snowman, that is it. And then I expect the snow to melt away very soon.
Yes, Mother Nature, I am speaking to you. I’m itching to get my hands dirty!
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