I guess I never noticed before, but spring kind of creeps up on you out in the country. One day everything is brown and covered in snow, and the next, there’s green grass almost an inch high. The buds on trees burst overnight, and baby animals just seem to appear out of nowhere. Being home for Easter was kind of a bummer since the new season is just now getting a good start at home. I had no sooner got out of my first class this morning when my mom sent me pictures of the only kids I’ll get this year. Leave it to temperamental, spoiled nanny goats to withhold their children until after I leave! On top of missing my kids, my duck eggs are due to hatch tomorrow. There are few things in life more adorable than tiny new duck feet, even if ducklings are louder than a tornado siren! At night, the spring peepers keep up a commotion in the pond, and I so enjoy seeing the mist rise off of the fields in the morning. As you may be able to tell, I really love spring! Yes, summer is lovely, fall is a huge relief after the heat, and winter is beautiful, but all life is renewed in the spring. The air is not yet muggy, and you can still smell the dirt in the air. In a few weeks the garden will be ready to plant, and there will be no end to weeding, tilling, watering, and rock picking. When the hay is tall, it will be cut, raked, baled, and hauled in a matter of days, only to be repeated again when the grass grows back. When the heat of the day is gone, there will be fishing trips and barbeques, swimming in the creek and catching lightning bugs. For now though, the nights are cool and quiet, and we still just flip through the seed catalogs. Balers and air conditioning are far from our minds as we sit in the living room with all the doors and windows open. We’ll enjoy these few brief weeks of spring before the Missouri heat moves in, and then we’ll pick okra and green beans, and dream of next spring.