It’s the no-jacket-ditch-the-boots-and-switch-to-sandals time of year! Well, we might still need a light jacket and closed toed shoes, but last Saturday was a much-needed day of warm sunshine. I threw some cushions on my patio chairs and drank in the warming rays as I reflected on my favorite springtime indicators…the sensory subtleties that tell me winter is over.
• Chirping Birds. Like clockwork, the birds have flown back north and I hear them during my morning runs.
• Blooming Forsythia. An early spring bloomer, the yellow flowers are like balls of sunshine practically shouting, “Warm days ahead.”
• Opening Day. This year there is so much talk about Bryce Harper. I hope the Harper Hype isn’t over-harped.
• The Smell of Mulch. The earthy aroma of freshly dressed flower beds…you either love it or hate it.
• Cadbury Cream Eggs. These smooth, milk chocolate delights with oozing fondant centers are practically hatching on the Main Line. For a large assortment of these spring treats, hop on over to Taste of Britain in Wayne. It’s the mothership of Cadbury chocolates.
• Long Lines for Ice Cream. 20 years and running, there were outstretched lines of ice custard fans waiting for free dibs at Rita’s Italian Ice on the first day of spring. Drive by Handel’s Ice Cream in Berwyn during after school hours or weekends and you’ll see streams of kids waiting their turn at the order window.
Goodbye frigid winter and hello ice cream brain freezes. So long snow and hello mulch. It’s time to open windows and salute the sounds, smells and signs of spring!