The Progress of Spring

“A simpler, saner lesson might he learn
Who reads thy gradual process, Holy Spring.
Thy leaves possess the season in their turn,
And in their time thy warblers rise on wing…”
– Alfred Lord Tennyson, The Progress of Spring

With still more wet snow in the forecast for Nova Scotia, I’m starting to wish Spring would be heaped upon us in one fell swoop. It seems like we’ve anticipated the end of cold weather for months now, not weeks.

But then, if Spring were to arrive while we slept, there would be so much less joy in the subtle progress of the season. Would we appreciate as much the first green tips of snow drops and crocuses as they poke their tiny heads from shadow to light? Would we revel in the slow crescendo of bird song if it were given to us all at once? Would the gradual lengthening of days and shortening of shadows do as much to lift our spirits if it happened in a day?

Plainly, part of the happiness of spring time is the anticipation. And so, we wait.

[photo – Wiki]


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

11 thoughts on “The Progress of Spring”

  1. Living in Texas, there’s not really a gradual change in seasons. It just kind of jumps on you. I’ve grown accustomed to that. But I do miss fall colors. Don’t get a lot of that here.

  2. I have to agree, we appreciate it more when it comes on slowly. Around here it’s been two steps forward, one step back – areas that had finally melted are snow covered again.

  3. Nancy .. you aren’t alone in the Spring thing .. Kingston is supposed to get about 15 inches .. yes .. INCHES of snow tonight .. “lake affect” .. we shall see … aaarrgghhh !

  4. You’re absolutely right. When Spring finally arrives we’re going to appreciate it so much more because of the long wait. I just wish Old Man Winter would loosen his grip! Snow is in our forecast too :(
    I’m glad you had such a nice Easter with your family and happy to hear your dad is OK.
    The belated birthday gift from your grandson is adorable!

  5. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog lately and encourage me. My own house building process is like your blog today—-it is sweet because the journey was long. It didn’t happen in one night. It tooks years to see our dreams come true. So all good things are worth the wait.

  6. Thank you all for your very kind comments…we’re expecting only a couple of inches of snow today before it changes to rain. Hopefully, it will wash it all away. And the forecast for the rest of the week is for mostly GREY days with chance of flurries right through to the weekend. Blech. :)

  7. I couldn’t agree more – anticipation is definitely a part of the joy of spring. So, we’ll just have to wait…
    /Katarina at Roses and stuff

  8. I agree, and that’s why I don’t grumble about the late coming of spring. It’s on its way and the anticipation is part of the delight :)

    Happy spring,


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