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COL Drive through any town; see spring motivate people

Winter is surely over. At least the temperature outside of the house must be warmer than it is inside because once again the pesky ladybugs have taken leave of absence and moved on to greener pastures.

Thank goodness. But it is not hard to look beyond the ladybugs and know warmer weather is upon us. Just get in your car and go for a drive. A drive through any town is good for a start. The skateboarders and roller bladers are out in full force. I've stopped to watch some of them on occasion and marveled at what masters many kids have become. They truly are accomplished artists what with all the tricks and turns they're able to do.

What a great sport and something we knew nothing about in our day. The clamp-on roller skates really didn't compare! And going up and down a graveled farm driveway wasn't the ideal spot, either! I'm sure most moms are happy to see their children gliding along outdoors -- a good change health-wise and otherwise from being couch potatoes in front of the television all winter or else Game Boy fanatics.

Exercise and fresh air can never hurt anyone. I'll also bet many medicine cabinets are restocked for summer with Band-Aids since falls with wheels are the inevitable and scrapes and bruises the end result.

An evening drive through downtown also reveals another tell-tale sign of spring. Cruising cars are everywhere. Now these are the vehicles in which the drivers aren't sure just where they're heading for and if they did get there wouldn't know it if they saw it. They're just driving. An observer on a streetcorner would more than likely see the same vehicle pass by, first going one direction, then coming from the other. A few wheels might get squealed, a few horns honked; but mostly, they're just cruising. And this sport is something that was also done in our time. The only difference was the vehicles. That was when Belaire Chevies, Crown Victoria 2-door hardtops, or classy convertibles were seen on Main Street, USA. And one more drive, one that I took recently in the early morning hours, was the most convincing sign of all that spring was here. The sun had not yet come up, but the earth was being awakened by the roar of monster tractors going back and forth as they broke up the lumps of soil left by last falls plowing.

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There was a job to be done and they were going to do it. In several fields, two machines were hard at it; one tilling, another planting. I wondered how many acres would be planted that day with such a large rig and getting such an early start. I remembered back to my childhood (those days of clamp-on roller skates) when my dad thought 20 acres planted was a good day's work. And then our first years of marriage, when we thought it was quite an accomplishment to get a "40" finished in a day. Now, I'm sure 500 acres can be covered with ease and without much sweat. How life has changed. But perhaps the one thing that hasn't changed is the excitement and anticipation spring brings. A new season, a new beginning; and yes, new life. My daily drive into our town and place of employment takes me past a farmsite that raises sheep. Each day I'd see the ewes grazing by themselves; until finally, this very morning, several were accompanied by bleating lambs. What a sight to behold. New life at its finest. I might add I enjoy seeing sheep in someone else's yard, rather than when they were in ours years ago.

Good fences, secured gates, and closed doors are a must. Treated seed corn in bags that are not behind closed doors can be a really bad situation and make for a really big vet bill! Oh well, not every day can be perfect. We need a few bad days occasionally so we appreciate the good ones. And may you have many of the good kind.

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