The weather is playing tricks again. Apparently, the ground hog did not see a shadow. For President’s Day, it was as warm as a day in May with lots of sun. Every child in the area congregated on top of the mound across the street for some good old fashioned grass sledding.
Chalk that up as one of the things I love about Chattanooga–instead of clinging to the hope that they might get to sled 1x a decade when it snows, they slide down grass covered slopes on pieces of cardboard.
The warm weather got the birds all riled up again. I’m surprised they haven’t given up after having been teased so many times by warm weather. But they are singing with vigor, seemingly sure that this time, it really is spring.
The robins, towhees, cardinals, wrens, and song sparrows seem to be having a sing off of some kind when Tisen and I take our morning walk. As I try to spot a particularly loud wren, the large white rump of a flicker flashes by as one flies up into the trees. I watch mourning doves zoom by–I am always surprised by the speed and agility they exhibit once they are in flight compared to the awkward slowness of them near the ground.
Perhaps it’s the addition of the song of the blue birds that make me think it’s really spring. While the blue birds have been around all winter, they’ve been lurking silently waiting for the right moment to burst into song. It seems today was the day.
Whether Tisen notices the bird songs or not is hard to say. But he definitely has the same spring fever. By the end of the day, when we take our last walk before the sun sets, as we walk by a long grassy slope down to the wetland, his legs bend and he plops down in the grass much like a horse. Then he flips onto his back and kick his legs for all he’s worth. He scootches around on his back, scratching what itches and sliding his way part way down the hill. I start to think he’s spent too much time watching the kids sledding.
Each time I think he’s done when we get to another grassy area, he flops down again, repeating the process. His black/brindle spots are looking more green/brindle with the grass clinging to him. I do my best to capture him on my iPhone, but I need a longer leash to get a good angle.
After finally convincing him to leave the park, Tisen bounces along with a new spring in his step. It’s like all he needed to know it was spring was a good roll in grass still holding the heat from a warm day of sunshine. His antics have put a new spring in my step as well. On the way home, I contemplate how I can take Tisen sledding on our next sunny day.
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