While Friday was officially spring, the only thing that has felt like spring in Portland is the odd weather. Rain, hail, and sunshine in the span of an hour is par for the course in Spring. But, this change usually marks the start of the wait for the rain to end. As I’ve mentioned before, you can’t expect the rain to totally go away until July….and usually that means after the 4th of July.
I read a book called Dakota many years ago. The author had grown up in the Midwest, but had lived her adult life in New York. After her grandparents died, she and her husband returned to the small Midwest town where she had spent most of her childhood. One of the observations she makes as someone who moves back is that feeling of spring in the air. The smell of the rain that is different. The air feels less like it is going to grow incredibly cold again. The atmosphere has finally changed leaving winter behind.
That is a great description of how today felt. Despite the rain, the hail, and the odd sun breaks, the weather has clearly changed. The yard will soon dry out and cease being the mud pit it currently is. I may even go as far and start getting ready to plant the gardens later this week. The change is nice.
Remind me how I feel right now when I complain about spring in about a month.