For decades I have greeted the spring season, by singing along with the characters from The Andy Griffith Show, Welcome Sweet Springtime we greet thee in song.” This is the episode where Barney Fife announces that someone is off key, and does not realize that he himself is the culprit.
The arrival of spring 2014 had me quoting the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz; Unusual weather we’re having, ain’t it?.” These were the lines the Lion spoke upon waking up in a green, poppy field that had just been visited with a fresh fallen snow.
My grandmother often talked of snow in the month of April that was up to the horses belly, and how March and April weather is unpredictable. She told of leaving home for work wearing a sweater because it was 80 degrees and returning home in freeing rain, sleet or strong wind. Even so, I was not prepared for the weather that dropped upon the Star City of the South, Roanoke, Va, on the morning of March 25th 2014.
When I went for my morning walk at about 9:00 a.m., there was at least 3 inches of snow on the ground. Snow mixed with sleet was falling and the ground was so slick I slid several times. Trees were covered with snow, to the point of looking like artificial Christmas trees. Many cars were covered from head to toe.
It was strange to have spring in my heart, yet winter beneath my feet. I saw people cleaning off thier vehicles, as well as cars sliding in the streets. School however was not closed.
As I walked I heard the birds singing in the trees, and I wondered what they were saying to each other. Were they confused about the strange weather, or were they oblivious to it?
Around noon I echoed the sentiment of those who said the sun would soon come out and melt the snow, because after all it is late March. I began singing Here comes the sun, yet it was in vain. The sun did not attempt to make an appearance however, until about 3:30 p.m.
The sky lightened, but no actual sunshine shown through. By 4:00 pm. we were having a nice soothing spring rain, with fog hovering over the ground. At this point only about an inch or so of the snow remained.
The calendar indicates that we are now in the Spring season, but the weather says otherwise. I guess people from my grandmother’s day would take it all in stride. As they saw April snows that were up to the belly of a horse, they would more than likely take the unusual weather.ain’t it?, approach.
Having not lived that experience it will only be spring in my eyes, when snow and cold weather are long past, and I can sing along with the tone deaf Barney Fife, and greet sweet springtime with a song.