Do you remember when you were little and something fun was going to happen soon?
The anticipation itself was exciting.
That’s how it is at this time of year: several glorious months in Western New York await us. Summer fun awaits.
In May, the first days of spring, when it doesn’t always feel like spring is behind us.
On these early days of spring, the snow is gone – perhaps long ago – and the crocuses are in bloom, but it’s not warm enough to think about doing any activities in late spring or in the summer. outside.
But as spring advances, the crocuses wilt and the daffodils bloom.
Tulips are also blooming if you still have them. What you can’t do if deer are prevalent near you.
You may have learned the hard way that deer eat tulips.
Not daffodils though. There’s something about daffodils that keeps deer, rabbits, or other animals alike from touching the daffodils. They’re just not on the menu, thank you very much.
The dandelions have also returned and are in full bloom. It can be good or bad depending on how you see them. If they are useful to you, their return is a good thing. If you spend what seems like an inordinate amount of time each year trying to rid your lawn of them, then that’s a whole other thing.
As spring continues, other signs indicate that the fullness of much of life seems to have returned.
Daylight extends again until late in the evening. Not as long as in the far northern regions, where during the weeks around the summer solstice the sun never sets. However, the light of day extends until late in the evening.
With long days, the warmth of spring returns.
Trees are budding and suddenly full of leaves. Have you noticed the change in the trees lately? Many hardwoods that only a few weeks ago had tiny buds are full of leaves. For now, let’s forget what all those leaves portend, say, November.
Jackets are often unnecessary, even early in the morning or late at night.
Neighbors who seem to have hibernated for most of the winter are out again. Maybe take a walk. Perhaps tending to their lawns or gardens. Maybe get their outdoor furniture out of storage.
For farmers, it’s sowing time.
For golfers, the clubs are ready for another season. Those who have never had the elusive hole-in-one are wondering if maybe this is the year. Then again, a hole-in-one is usually one of those things that happens by surprise, i.e. when you’re not looking for it or even thinking about it.
For teachers and students, the school year is entering its final stretch and spring sports are in full swing.
Docks and boats, which were put away last fall, are returning to the water and ready for another season of fun.
With Memorial Day just around the corner, local nurseries are well stocked. Many homes will soon have hanging baskets or flower gardens, and local cemeteries will soon be filled with geraniums.
It’s a great time of year to take a walk or walk around one of the many local lakes and enjoy the scenery.
If you haven’t been to Chautauqua Institution lately, now is a particularly good time to go. Although the nine-week summer season is still a long way off, you can see the place starting to come back to life.
Whatever you do, you might be able to bring along someone who would particularly enjoy such a day. Think of someone who lives alone. Or someone who for some reason doesn’t drive. Or someone who for some reason just needs to have fun.
You could make someone’s day.
May is one of Randy Elf’s favorite months.
COPYRIGHT c 2022 BY RANDY ELF