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March 15, 2010

The Hope of Spring in Winter's Fading Dreariness

I was gone all of last week on business. I left cold and completely snow-covered Iowa on Monday. I was in San Antonio where it was sunny and 80 degrees. It was glorious. I stood outside my hotel room in the evening and just let the sun wash over me. I returned to Iowa on Wednesday and was surprised by the amount of "green" I saw on the ground as the plane descended into Des Moines. Spring's thaw had begun, though it was still cloudy and chilly. Wendy met me at the airport and, after a wonderful lunch to celebrate Mom Hall's birthday, we immediately drove to the Twin Cities were I had two full days of meetings. The change from sunny San Antonio to dreary, cold and rainy Minneapolis was immense.

Wendy and I were pressured with a lot to do while we were in the Cities (apologies to our friends, whom we didn't have time to hook up with), but were able to treat ourselves by sneaking over to the Guthrie Theater's production of MacBeth. While a wonderful production, Shakespeare's tragedy was as dark, dreary and depressing as the Minneapolis weather.

However, by the time we returned home on Friday evening the only snow left in our yard were a couple of lumps by the end of the driveway where the snowplow and snowblower had made Everest sized mountains of snow this winter. It was wonderful to see our lawn, though the record amounts of snow left the yard a matted, brown, ugly mess. Unfortunately, that was a good metaphor for the weekend which was largely spent catching up on office work that I had to put off while on the road working. Kind of depressing and dreary, I know.

It was, however, wonderful to see the sunshine of Taylor and Madison's faces yesterday evening. Clayton is off on a spring break road trip. so Taylor came over for dinner. We threw burgers on the grill for the first time this year. While we certainly missed Clayton's good humor, there was something warm and familiar to the four of us sitting down together in our old seats at the dining room table. That hasn't happened since before Taylor's wedding last October and we all kind of enjoyed the moment as we joined hands to bless the meal.

Here's to the continual fading of winter's dreariness and the emergence of spring's sunshine and warmth!


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