April 28th - spring!

April 28th – spring!

It’s that time of year again.

There’s a certain freshness to the air. The temperature hovers just below zero, Canadian.

Time to dig out the garden shed. And I did. I grabbed a shovel to move the snow and an ice chisel to chip at the chains that imprisoned the shed door.

I wrenched the door open and started pulling out the lawn mowers. Three of them — more than enough to maintain our postage stamps of grass.

It’s that time of year when we have no grass. That is the case most times of year.

96b Mower & shed

So I ‘fess up. I wasn’t after the mowers. No no no. I was after my summer tires. I had stacked them last fall at the back of the garden shed, when I switched to winter studded tires.

The government, though — the all-wise guardian of our highways — decrees that I must discard the studded tires by the end of April, which is two days hence.

It doesn’t matter that I can play ice hockey on my driveway. I must switch to summer tires — smooth, slick, no-grip summer tires.

I follow most government decrees, except when I don’t.

I pulled out the summer tires and stacked them on the back seat of the Kia. I will take them to the garage in town this morning.

96c Tires & mower

Then I wrestled the lawn mowers back into the garden shed . . . where they’ll sit for a month or two.

At that point I heard a honk.

I checked the road. No traffic.

Honk. Honk. And more honks.

I checked the sky.

I leapt for joy.

Waves of Canada geese swept northward, honk-honking.

No matter that the lakes are frozen.

No matter that ninety percent of the creeks and rivers are locked fast in ice.

No matter.

Nature has decreed.

It’s springtime.

Maybe I’ll dig out the lawns.


About EJ Lavoie

Writer and independent publisher with website www.WhiskyJackPublishing.ca
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