Why didn't I join track then? I am slow, and I hated straight running.
I’ll blame it on elementary PE when we had to run 20 laps around the gym to start class. I’m serious, 25. Every. Single Day. Of PE. Even when we switched teachers. It must have been a district policy. Not my idea of fun. And I liked PE—but not that!
So, my first immature reason as to why I did not like spring: track kids’ tans.
Incidentally, I used to hate spring break too as an adult. Why on earth would a person hate that? Same reason. I didn't go anywhere to get a tan!
Spring in South Dakota is ugly. Piles of brown snow. Puddles and mud reside in the yard and on the playground. Streams trickle down the curbs in town due to the melting snow. As a farm kid, I knew to be thankful for the moisture, but where I grew up, fields were brown. No pretty winter wheat like Kansas. Due to the harsh winters or the ground not getting worked in the fall, Dad planted spring wheat, so it wasn’t until later that green fields emerged.
Basketball season ended. No more high school games and no more college games after the Final Four, only the NBA. And since I was married to basketball, like I wrote about here in last week’s post, I suffered withdrawal.
Pressure of music contests. Spring was the competition season. Guild for piano was especially taxing. If I am remembering correctly, it didn't need to be memorized, but performers had to announce the key, play the cords and arpeggios, and then perform the piece. The fancy certificate was well worth it though and so was the pride of my piano teacher. Click here to read about her and here to read about my mom and me and my piano playing.
School was almost out. That meant that I wouldn't be around people my own age for three months—except for church events. The telephone and an occasional sleep over barely met my social needs back when parents didn’t chauffeur their kids all over the place. So again, a rather sad and lonely time for this farm kid.
The Used To Part?
Now I do enjoy spring. I’ll write about my transformation in next week’s post.
Right now, you probably hate winter, but are there characteristics of the other seasons that put you in a bad mood?