Winter has finally gone; the snow was melting. For a while many thought that winter would never go away. We even had blizzards in the middle of April, which is unheard of. But now it was here, the ponds and lakes were thawing. The Robins, BluJay’s, and Sparrows were chirping, the grass was turning green, you can even see the evidence of leaves, and flowers budding. Yes, spring had arrived. I too was anxious to get out; cabin fever was just about to set in, but reprieve with all the wonderful signs of spring.
It was an awesome May morning. My grandkids were out in the yard playing. I had just come out to sit on the deck swing. I enjoyed gently swinging on the deck and watch my granddaughters play in the yard. The prior year was a very hard year for me. My husband whom was sick, passed away. We had been married for 34 years. No, they weren’t 34 yrs. of all roses, but he was always there for me. He loved his family dearly, everyone called him “Papa”. He also liked to go out on our deck and watch the grandkids play. He would comment “oh, to be young again” as the girls would play on the tree like a monkey bars or rode their bikes in the yard.
Today is one of those perfect days, the temperature is in the mid 70’s, with a light warm breeze from the south, the sky is clear with only a few cotton puffs of clouds in the sky. Papa would have liked sitting on the deck with me on a day like today. Just before he passed away we built him a handicap ramp off the back deck, it zig-n-zags back and forth until it meets the ground level. He was so, happy when he could finally get out and explore the yard on his power wheel chair. But now it’s just me. I have five adult children, the youngest has four beautiful daughters; Emily, Ann, Lynn, and Marie. The grandkids tried to entertain me. Ann, whom is the second to the oldest in her family, my beautiful 11 yrs. old granddaughter, would take her two younger sisters (Lynn and Marie) for wheelbarrow rides. Up and down the handicap ramp, and around the apple tree. Almost dumping them on the grass. The girls would laugh and scream with joy as they went around. I would get a ‘hey, grandma watch me” as they would run down the ramp. Each time that they came up on the deck I would get a recap of the last run, with a lot of giggles, and laughter. Yes, it was one of those perfectly wonderful spring days.
You know there are those times when you just want to hold on to time and make it last forever. Cherishing each moment, like a glass of fragrant wine. This was one of those moments. I wanted it to last forever. The joy, the peace, the warmth it was so delicious to my soul… Even though I know it was only a blink in time. For I can remember years past when I sat on this very same swing, on this very same deck watching my daughter, their mother. Climb the tree like it was monkey bars, and ride her bike around the yard, laughing and calling out “hey mom, watch me”. Oh such sweet memories…