Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Spring Morning - What Do You Notice? by Morgan Mandel
Here are some of my early morning observations from living in a medium sized suburb of Chicago:
What first struck me was the smell of fumes from a jet that had already flown by. Sometimes the fumes are so strong, I can almost taste them. This time it wasn't too bad.
I felt a cool breeze swirl around my hair. Later, the temperature might clime to eighty as predicted, but to start out, it was only fifty-something.
Next, I heard birds chirping. I couldn't tell what kind they were, but there were many, nothing like the bird sounds of winter, which are almost non-existent..
As I walked Rascal to the corner, I noticed a car pull up. A dog across the street barked as the driver threw a rolled up newspaper out the window. I heard the plunk as it landed.
A jogger ran by. I felt the pull on the leash and I had to hold tight, as Rascal felt threatened.
When I continued on, I couldn't help but admire the scents and sights of spring flowers. I noticed daffodils and tulips gracing partially green lawns.
I saw a light turn on in one of the houses. Someone else was rising early.
The gate creaked as I re-entered our yard.
I walked into the house only to hear a commercial about spring home fix-ups and news about people being shot on the South Side of Chicago.
Now, what about you? What do you notice on an early Spring morning?