The Weight of Spring

I was planting flowers at about 11pm tonight and got a very strange look from a neighbor. Is this weird? Should I not be planting flowers this late at night? Is there some super secret law that says flowers can only be planted during the light hours? Why the hell am I planting flowers on my patio close to midnight?

Oh, that’s right. Because spring makes people in Chicago go crazy.

Warm weather, especially at the start of the warm season, makes people go crazy more than crack. We’ve been stuck inside for so long and just feel the need to take full advantage of this weird thing called “the sun”. But this is a good kind of crazy, because it forces us to appreciate the weather. I lived in California for 4 years and truly truly missed the seasons changing. When it’s 70 degrees all the time, when do you know to scream? People always look at me like I am crazy when I tell them this is a big part of the reason I moved back. Believe me, we are blessed having these polar climates. Don’t believe me? Head to Home Depot on a Sunday.

Home Depot is full of crazy people. Crazy people buying huge flats of flowers. Crazy people with multiple 40 pound bags of soil. Crazy people carting around trees. They’re all crazy, and rightfully so.

I start every spring swearing that this is the year I am going to go camping more often, go to the beach more often, go on picnics more often, play tennis more often, blah blah blah. I kick myself every October when I unpack my sweaters for not spending as much time outside as I should have. I bottle up this bitterness and hibernate with it all winter, plotting my revenge on myself. And then May rolls around.

So, poopy neighbor, I am not taking crazy pills. I was planting flowers close to midnight because it was the only time I was able to all day. And I won’t let the chance pass me by.

4 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2005 @ 7:20 am

    I agree completely! My parents and I were just talking about this yesterday. Sunshine every day, 365 days a year would end up driving me mad. I need change, variety.

  2. nikkos350 (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2005 @ 9:13 am

    I for one, am up to the challenge of living in a non-seasonal, perma-summer environment! I will even go so far as to volunteer to be the Chicago MetBlogs guinea pig. Please, send me someplace warm before the weather changes back to Chicago’s default setting- shitty!

  3. Erin (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2005 @ 2:32 pm

    Lauren – You crack my ass up. I love your posts. I am completely with you on that note- I am a loon too- and the changing seasons are the only way I can keep my self in check… evaluate life- track time passing by…

    But you’re right …crack and I love it.

  4. nikkos (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2005 @ 4:25 pm

    Thanks for backing me up, Erin! Sheesh! ;)

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