The mild winter and early spring weather was a blessing for so many. Our bones grow weary of the bitter cold, and an early spring was welcomed.
I remember my excitement in March, looking out the window to the west and noticing our ancient windbreak row of lilacs already in bud.
"Oh, we'll have lilacs early this year!" I exclaimed.
Then we had a cold snap, just a night or two of killing frost, and the sole casualties of the short freeze was, it seems, my lilac blooms.
It's funny how much I miss the harbinger of spring when it's not around.
Every year I look forward to the mid-May perfume that wafts through the yard. Indeed, if I were to innumerate the things I love about our little acreage in the country, my lilacs, and the annual scent of spring, would surely make the list.
Those poor, early buds still cling to the lilac bushes, a sad reminder of the promise of those balmy March days.
I miss the purple springs I'd cut by the armload and place in vases around the house and my office. You can't be crabby around lilacs.
And I really miss the perfume.
Memorial Day, the kick-off to summer fun, is less than a week away. For so many, the holiday means the start of the busy season, with warm weather pursuits filling the calendar. After our family's hectic May of graduations and weddings, Memorial Day to me has come to signify the end of a wonderfully happy marathon of family gatherings. I, unlike so many, have "REST" written on my calendar on Memorial Day.
Congratulations go out to all the area athletes who participated in the state track meet last week in Des Moines! So many outstanding performances were logged by our outstanding area young people.
Our sports editors and photographer covered all three days from field events, to sprints to relays. They ended up with outstanding coverage, and some really superb photos of the excitement from Drake Stadium.
I hope you enjoyed the coverage and even more pictures today.
Take some time this week (or any time, for that matter) to thank your local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel. May 20-26 marks National EMS Week, a time to shine a light on the men and women who serve us all with pre-hospital care, 24-7, in all our communities.
These are our neighbors, family and friends, and they provide such a vital, life-saving service in our time of need.