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Spring has sprung

March 15, 2010 - Linda Lobeck
It sure was nice this past weekend to open up some windows and get outside in the sunshine. It makes you start feeling that winter is nearing its end and spring will come again. My husband is all geared up getting rid of snowbanks and ready to start with the yard cleanup. If I saw one, I saw 30 people of various ages biking by my house on Sunday. Everyone seemed to have that same feeling of hope as temperatures hit 60 degrees. I feel like a little kid every year when the snow melts. It brings back memories of playing marbles, skipping rope, roller skating and getting my bike wheels all pumped up. My all-time favorite bike was the one I got when I made my First Communion. My parents bought me a brand new blue banana bike with with a nifty flower basket on the front. I was the epitome of cool back them. That was my main means of transportation growing up — you either biked or walked. And my best friend lived on the other side of town about a mile away. Life was definitely freer for kids back then. You could be gone most of the day and not have a cell phone to check in with your parents. There was no texting or the need for Safe Routes to School. Only the kids coming from the far reaching areas of the school district were bussed or later had their own cars. My parents had one car and my dad needed that to get the work each day. Certain days he would carpool with someone else, and then my mom would have the car to do errands and shopping. With all that being said, I’m just as guilty as every other parent in not making my own kids find their way back and forth from activities. I would most often drop them off and pick them up. Not the best way to encourage kids to exercise. I’ve never been a big winter enthusiast — I prefer to hibernate during the really cold times. But the warmth of the sun and the promise of spring has a way of bringing out the kid in all of us again — or at least until the next snow storm!

 
 

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