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Dreaming of summer

I am ready for spring. When it rained over the weekend, I hoped it would wash away all of the snow and the sun would dry out the ground making way for green grass and leaf buds. That didn’t quite all happen, but I have hope for the rest of the week.

Winter may not have started right on time, we didn’t have snow before Thanksgiving and it wasn’t a white Christmas, but it sure made up for it in January and February. I cannot remember a year when school was called off nine times, not to mention the early out and late starts. It was drastic enough that time had to be added to the start and end of the school days so the kids wouldn’t be going to class until mid-June.

Along with the snow came the bitterly cold weather, which often prevented the kids from going outside. While I tried my best to have activities in the house like LEGO sets and painting kits, being couped up in a defined space weighed on the kiddos eventually, and in turn, me.

Winter vacation helped work out some pent up energy but that was also the start of our turn with strep throat, ear infections and everything that goes along with it. Unfortunately, this year my husband and I were also lucky enough to catch the gunk. Thankfully, though, we spread it out over two weeks so one of us was up and running, at least.

With the sun streaming through my windows, I start to day dream of walks with my dog, playing golf in the backyard, and if I am really reaching, swimming at the pool. I want to put away my snow boots, puffy, winter coat and rows of sweaters for spring dresses, short-sleeve shirts and flip flops.

Getting ready for school is also more of a chore in the winter. Layering on coats, gloves, hats and scarves along with packing snow pants and snow boots is getting old, and I wish for spring jackets and only a backpack to bring to school.

Winter is a great time to plan summer vacations, lending to continued dreaming of warm days and new memories. This year, we are looking to head to Chicago to take in a Cubs game, check out the aquarium, Navy Pier and a museum or two. We are also heading to Michigan to visit my husband’s brother and family for some fun cousin time.

I know there will be a day, probably in July, where I am cursing the heat for taking my breath away as I walk outside and causing me to form immediate sweat beads when the sun hits my brow. But for now, I will just day dream about the warm days to come and hope they get here sooner than later.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at
jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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