Fresh Air

Country - - CONTENTS - JEANNE WAGGONER Fort Atkin­son, Wis­con­sin

Ex­pe­ri­ence the joys of coun­try life in this reader roundup.

EV­ERY APRIL I FALL IN LOVE all over again with my forsythias. These shrubs dis­play the most vi­brant yel­low—so wel­come af­ter win­ter. Their arms reach to­ward the sky, some­times sway­ing in a gen­tle breeze, lash­ing back and forth through­out a vi­o­lent rain­storm, or idly toast­ing them­selves in warm sun­shine. Their blos­soms are al­ways en­er­getic and cheer­ful, even on a wet af­ter­noon.

Forsythias en­cour­age hope for the new sea­son. “Time to get out­side!” they call. “Ride your bike! Put on your skates! Dig in the gar­den! Go for a walk! Jump rope! Come out and play! Don’t sit in­side on this lovely spring day!”

Among the first plants to greet spring, these blos­soms in­vite us to ad­mire their beauty. They en­cour­age us to pause, re­flect and ap­pre­ci­ate the won­der­ful changes about to ex­plode all around us in na­ture. The sky won’t al­ways be gray. The tem­per­a­ture will even­tu­ally reach above 40 de­grees. Soon we will be out­side with­out our heavy coats. Buds, blos­soms, gusts, show­ers, sun­shine—the earth is about to trans­form from dull brown to new green.

The more I ad­mire my for­sythia branches, the more I re­al­ize that they sym­bol­ize ex­actly what I per­son­ally want to be—play­ful, re­laxed, happy, free and uplifting.

Forsythias give Jeanne hope for a joy­ful spring.

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