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Dear Spring,

I’m so glad you’ve come to visit! We’re going to have a great time. I’ve opened the windows for you — don’t worry about my allergies. I’ve stocked up on Claritin — small price to pay for the pleasure of your company.

Speaking of the pleasure of your company, I was browsing some Spring-themed poems and found this one, which I just love.

Rite of Spring by Seamus Heaney
So winter closed its fist
And got it stuck in the pump.
The plunger froze up a lump

In its throat, ice founding itself
Upon iron. The handle
Paralysed at an angle.

Then the twisting of wheat straw
into ropes, lapping them tight
Round stem and snout, then a light

That sent the pump up in a flame
It cooled, we lifted her latch,
Her entrance was wet, and she came.

Love it, Spring! You know, of course, that there’s always a certain thrill in the air whenever you’re around! Spring fling, spring fever … spring break. (Something I’m trying not to think too much about, since my daughter is experiencing her first Florida spring break this week!)

Looks like you’re full of energy and raring to go today — sun shining, birds singing (they DO get started a little early in the morning!), warm breeze blowing. So maybe just a little spring cleaning and then we’ll spend some time outside. I’m thinking we’d have fun taking a walk up at the park. Then we can pop into Greg’s Produce to see what you’ve brought them.

And, of course, we’ll have pasta primavera in your honor tonight! I’m thinking asparagus, baby peas, maybe some halved grape tomatoes for color. Maybe homemade fettucine. Definitely lots of grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

Later this week, when you’re in more of a rainy mood, we’ll get some more cleaning done — maybe get to the kitchen cabinets — and then curl up to listen to your showers beat a soft rhythm on the skylights, we’ll sip some sauvignon blanc, nibble on goat cheese and watch a movie.

If there’s anything you need, please let me know. We’d be delighted if you could stay a while.

Love,

Delawriter

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