Early Spring
Published on March 26, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, my colleague Margaret Hartley writes about the ugliness of early spring, and how it gives way to growth.

Here's an excerpt:

"'Are you going a different way?' my daughter asked as I drove the usual back roads to her friend’s house about two weeks ago.

'No,' I said. 'It’s just a very ugly time of year. Everything looks like mud.'

She looked more closely, and began to recognize landmarks. 'You’re right,' she said. 'It’s hideous.'

People wax poetic about the beauty of spring but the start of the season, pre-spring you might call it, is nothing but ugly. The snow and ice — yes, we still have some up north where I live — have turned brown. The exposed earth is the same color. Driveways are deep trenches of mud and the yards smell like dog turds.

Even the houses look like they’ve been coated in grime, dingy and dull, surrounded by mud in a barren landscape of sticks.

But it doesn’t last long. Soon the dun-colored world starts greening up and the fresh smells of spring cover up the musty old smells that emerged from under the ice."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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