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April 23, 2007, Herald Journal

Spring magic appears


The Oak Hotel. This poem was written by Clare Mishica and appeared in Highlights, April, 2007. “Can you picture animals checking in at the Oak Hotel?” the magazine continues to ask its readers regarding the poem.

Can’t you just imagine all the critters of the forest meeting once again at the old oak tree to catch up on all the news and gossip and to reunite after the long winter season?

And I think the same goes with people. Neighbors come out in ‘full bloom’ that we did not see except in brief segments during the winter months.

Maybe, we as human beings need to meet at the oak tree to catch up on camaraderie also? I guess in some fashion we do.

Spring brings on block parties when neighbors congregate to share fun, friendship and conversation. Neighbors visit over the fence while engaging in some spring clean-up rituals.

Spring musters up wonderful emotions and feelings of rejuvenation and growth, and makes one want to take in the wonderful scents, sounds and smells that reappear.

Enjoy the spring senses by taking some springtime hikes and walks with your children, or just go outside and enjoy some moments. As you do:

Be aware of all the signs of blooming plants.

Look for a caterpillar, robin or returning geese. Listen for bird songs.

Bring along some seeds to feed the birds.

Find a gently rolling hill to roll down.

After a rainfall, put on some rain boots and enjoy the puddles. Search for rainbows.

Have an egg hunt. Children enjoy these anytime of the year.

Plant some bulbs in a garden and/or some seeds in a pot.

Here are some interesting springtime facts that “Farm & Ranch Living” editor Roy Remain shared in the April/May 1999 edition. Remain shares that he learned these lessons from his readers over the years:

• “Spring moves north at the rate of about 16 miles a day. That means a person walking at a good pace could keep up with it, watching dogwoods come into bloom all along the way.”

• “Keep in mind, when planting daffodils that the flowers face south as they open.”

Remain tells that he started a sunflower controversy when he quoted some “authority” as saying that sunflowers got their name because they face the sun in the east each morning, follow the sun to the west, then return to east at night.

He further noted that folks who grow ornamental sunflowers in their gardens vowed it was true, but most farmers who grow them pooh-poohed the idea. Nonetheless, its fun to converse of springtime magic.

May you enjoy some springtime magic, and just maybe you will get lucky enough to come across an oak “hotel” with all of its visitors.