Monday, April 22, 2013

What A Difference A Day Makes

What a diff'rence a day makes
Twenty-four little hours
Brought the sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain. 

This was my side yard last Thursday morning when I went to work.

The water was gone when I got home. I didn't realize it until yesterday, when I went into the basement to do laundry and to check on the drying out process, but a lot of that water had squirted under the window that's in that corner of the basement. It's not much of an issue as the storm drain is there, but I did find standing water on the top of plastic bins.

The next day, the temperature tanked and, by Friday night, we were experiencing snow.

It was more like pellets rather than snowflakes. Still, it was cold enough overnight that on Saturday, where the sun hadn't reached, there was still residue.

But the weekend was sunny, if cold and today is brilliant sun and warm temperatures. The daffodils are blooming in the yard and I smile when I see them.

Today is Earth Day. It seems fitting that it should be sunny and warm. But we'll be in another trough of chilly and damp weather tomorrow and again on Thursday, bracketed by sunshine and warmth. I know this is somewhat typical of spring, highs and lows, but the extremes of 7 inches of rain and then snow have me wondering how the summer will fare. For me, there is no doubt in my mind that climate change is real. I remember the first Earth Days and how recycling was something poor families did because they couldn't afford new. We were conditioned, as a society, to accept that boxes went to the dump and disappeared. Now, we see how recycling conserves and how boxes, sent to a landfill don't disappear. I'm not sure what it will take for people who don't believe in climate change to see that we have, through our actions, affected this world in ways that are not positive.

So, I'm going to spend a few minutes out on my deck this afternoon, basking in the warmth and the promise of a spring on the way. Perhaps my footprint isn't as small as I'd like but I do what I can.

Happy Earth Day.

Beverage:  Root Beer


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