And not because the weatherman keeps reminding us each night how many days left until it is officially spring. And yes, it would be hard to tell that spring is near considering that as I write this, it has snowed all morning (bringing Seattle up to its 7th (and maybe 6th) worst winter since they started tracking those things. Not even my daffodils, which are valiantly trying to pop up and grow. Two have even bloomed, but I think those ones are just the over-achiever sorts.
No, I know Spring is near when the boys in the afternoon carpool start discussing the one subject that only comes up when Spring draws near: girls.
And I drive and smile to myself, because romance, as it turns out is winter-proof, recession proof, Congress-proof, even Mom-is-eavesdropping-proof.
So this year, I got a little curious and asked my oldest little hero who he likes. And though I didn’t get a name, I did get this very heroish response, “Mom, I’ve liked the same girl since 2nd grade. Some things don’t change.” Doesn’t that just warm your heart on a snowy day? Make you believe that the rest of your daffodils will bloom?
Spring is coming, I know it is. How about you, what are your signs of Spring?