Signs of spring everywhere

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Harbingers of spring were everywhere over the past weekend.

The azaleas were in full bloom as The Masters took front and center in the sports world. Watching the pros walk one of the most beautiful courses in the world makes me want to grab my clubs, and my pitiful game and hit the links. Golf season truly kicks off with this tournament!

Spring storms?


Mother Nature was rocking and rolling this weekend. While we were spared the brunt of the weather Saturday night, we thrilled to an electric sky. Farther south, they weren't so lucky. A huge tornado devastated Mapleton, skipped across Sac and Buena Vista counties to our south and kept lots of folks up late watching the weather reports.

Speaking of staying up late, what says spring more than proms?

I must admit a lump in my throat as my son Drew emerged from his room Saturday in his tuxedo and white vest and tie. When did my little boy become a man? There were probably lots of similar lumps in the throats of moms and dads in the Clay Central-Everly school district as sons and daughters reminded us once again that they will soon be grown and gone.

All those high schoolers, in baggy shorts, doing goofy things, clean up awfully nice for prom. A veritable garden of colors was seen in dresses long and short, full and fitted. A million bobby pins and gallons of hairspray no doubt kept the elaborate hairdos in place. The labor was worth it, the girls looked like princesses and the boys handsome consorts.

And I take one more thing off my bucket list -- staying up all night long as the CC-E junior parents manned the after prom festivities in Royal. Dragging my weary bones home at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, I was thankful for many things. Thankful that these fun evenings have become a great tradition, keeping our kids safe. Thankful that the kids seemed to have a ball. And, thankful that I survived my stint on the overnight shift. With Spencer's prom this weekend, a lot of other parents will know that exhausted feeling!

If it's spring, it must be time for the annual Citizen of the Year reception. As always, the former citizens have selected a very deserving honoree. Make plans now to attend the reception from 4:30 -- 6:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Clay County Regional Event Center. A program will be held at 5:45 p.m.

The honoree will be announced in our annual Progress edition, which hits the stands on Thursday morning. The edition marks the great things going on in our community, and represents a lot of hard work by staff in all our departments. We hope you enjoy the new format!

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