Fresh cut grass. The end and the beginning of a season.
Leaving behind the long dark, rainy, windy, cold days. Which is a part of life's renewal underground and above.
The sun's warmth brings out the sweet smell of damp grass as each blade of the mower neatly mulches it back into the earth, feeding the new growth and making a nice bed for the worms to wiggle through. Bringing fat robins into the yard, tilting their heads this way and that, then reaching into the soft earth for a tasty treat.
Spring is a time for renewal. Looking forward to the beautiful buds on trees and the greens of bulbs peeking out of the ground. Shaking off the gloom of shorter days for the warmth of longer evenings shared with family and friends, telling stories under the evening stars.
We give our old musty baggage to Old Man Winter and breathe in the fresh, clean air of Mother Spring, feeling blessed for all she has to offer.
The smell of fresh-cut grass, ahhhhhhh.
Mary Boley is a retired Electrical Inspector who has lived in Washington all her life. She attended Rainier Beach High School and worked for the City of Seattle for 33 1/2 years. She did this piece in response to an exercise in Ariele’s online Joyous Ruminations class.
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