Outdoor landscapes are alive with color―greens, yellows, reds, and pinks. We are awakening from our winter hibernation of barren tree branches, empty landscapes, and drab skies to the joys of outside living once again.
Snow and ice have been replaced by rain and mud, and shoveling is a thing of the past, until next year. Nature is coming alive once again. No longer are we stuck in that endless, dreary, odorless night. We smell flowers budding, manure in the fields, and freshly mowed grass.
We open our doors and marvel at the sight of an earth renewed. A touch of warmth, a promise of things to come. The scraping of the plow has been replaced by the chirping of the birds, back from their winter residence. Naked tree branches are speckled with buds. Grass, once brown and crunchy under foot is plush green. Sunlight streams in once again, and lawns are covered in a silvery blue dew. Flowers peek out from their slumber, and reach toward the sun.
Outside the smell of the air before the rain falls tickles our noses. Above, the skies turn gray, then black. The first drops fall to the ground. We turn and head for cover, listening to the pitter patter of the droplets hitting the window, coming faster and faster, until they fade away. We head outside again, and the rain is still softly falling, but we don’t care. We walk in the rain jumping from puddle to puddle, happy to be outside.
Along with the resurgence of spring, are the chores associated with outdoor life―weeding, mowing, planting, and general cleaning. The change in the season means we can get out our summer toys―motorcycles, bikes, campers, boats, and fishing rods.
After being cooped up in the house for so long we are itching to get outside. We get into the car, roll the windows down and go for a ride, and end up at the river. The docks are going in and people working hard to get the marina into boating shape. They fill the soda machine, and stock the general store. Soon the marina will be hosting another summer of fun.
As we continue down the river, we watch the soon-to-be boaters cleaning their boats, getting ready for their first summer cruise. Parents and children work side-by-side scrubbing their boat sides and putting the canvas back on the boat. The kids seem to be doing more goofing off than cleaning, but the parents don’t seem to mind. They appear happy just to be outside.
We continue our ride and spy a campsite full of happy campers busy preparing their sites. People are picking up fallen branches, scrubbing the outsides of their campers, hauling trash, and mowing grass. They are all smiling.
We watch as a couple opens up for the season. As the man hooks up the water and electric, the woman starts decorating the outside. She brings out her welcome mat, a few planters, and a string of lights to decorate the outside.
We are getting ready for the outdoor season too. The driveway has been swept, and the twigs have been picked up. Our grass has been cut, and our grill has been cleaned for its first use since last year. Nothing beats a good steak on the grill. Are you ready for outdoor life? Share with us, we’d love to hear it.
Like the changing of the season, our characters need to change as well. They need to grow, to learn, to change. Do your characters go through a change? Is that change good or bad? How does you character react to change? Inquiring minds want to know.