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Dreaming of Spring Break

Posted by ShipwreckWriter - Lynn Pettigrew Norris on February 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

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Dreaming of Spring Break

It all started when I began to escape this winter splash of frosty weather by dreaming about summer. Then I realized that spring will be here in just a few weeks. That is a good enough thought to get me through this present cold snap.


I began by searching in Google for photos of summer. Ah – yes, those hot thoughts are just a memory away. So close – but so far away it seems. Even so, I began wondering where we can go to get away for a few days during spring break this year.


There are the ski slopes, but I’ve about had it with winter, snow, and cold weather. So there’s always the thought of running down to the beach. But that involves a lot of driving. Having to weigh the pros and cons of a long drive to get to some warmer weather. I think I’ll just check out a nice cabin setting somewhere that might prove to be fun. Maybe somewhere with some walking trails in case the spring weather proves to be just right.


At the end of spring break this year I have committed three days to volunteer work. It would be so nice to get completely away for the whole time we have off from school. Working as a full-time classroom teacher this past year has shown me a new appreciation for spring break for everyone concerned. Even so, I have decided to go ahead and volunteer. Keeping things in perspective should help. After all, once we all go back to school, there is only two full months of school left. We can all live through that – right?


It would be hard to find anyone who dislikes winter more than I do. I do alright with winter weather until Christmas break. Once we go back to school, I’m done with cold weather and usually grow rather impatient as the winter weeks and months drone on and on and on. It is very hard to think positive thoughts when there are reports on TV about all the winter weather related wrecks knowing that you have to get out on the roads and try to get to your job in the morning.

I worry about all the teen drivers who drive to school as well. And then there are the extra-curricular events that we all have to either sponsor or attend. Tomorrow, provided I can actually get up our hill and get to the main highway, I have to then leave school in the afternoon and drive a van of teens to a Forensics meet and we won’t return to our school until late. I dread the thought of the drive home from school to our farm long after the sun goes down. The county highways are always a bit slick and snow-packed.


I can’t wait until Spring break when these long, draining winter days are a thing of the past. I am someone who never complains about summer heat. After all, you can always cool off in a pool of water, or by changing one’s clothing to something cooler, or even just drink a nice cold glass of ice tea! But winter is different. I never feel warm no matter what. I have on two sweaters and two pair of socks. But I am still cold! Our living room has heated up ten degrees and is now 61 degrees. That’s about as warm as I expect it to get in here today. Our old, drafty farm house is always so cold. When the wind kicks up to any speed, the inside temps drop even lower. The only way to keep warm at all is to turn on the oven and bake cookies, bread, or just open the oven door and let the heat flow out. Propane has hit an all-time high. Current supplies are going out in rationed amounts of 100 gallons at $3.50 a gallon. Then next spike in price is set to go just under $5.00 a gallon.


This winter seems extra hard in Kansas. I know we have had some hard ones. Our last snow measured about six inches in our area with a foot of snow in areas like Salina, Kansas. There are drifts everywhere due to the Kansas winds. It is pretty, but not as pretty as a green lawn or a patch of Kansas wildflowers.


I’m dreaming of spring break today. The reality of winter seems just too daunting of a thought without some hope or something to look forward to. It doesn’t help that the extended week’s forecast includes the chance of more snow and mostly really low temperatures. The best we all have to hope for locally in the next seven days is a projected daytime high of 28 degrees. Today, the high is 10. At least the sun is shining – an improvement over the past few days.


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