I had the opportunity to be in Salem, Oregon a couple times in the last month and I was taken by the daffodils and late crocus that were in full bloom. These are some of my favorite flowers, but then, ask me in another month or so and my favorites will have changed. I was particularly taken by the Salem daffodils because on my first trip to Salem, on February 12, I left Central Oregon still in the late winter doldrums. Some trees were starting to set buds, but there were no crocus yet, apart from some foliage starting up in some sunny spots. Now, here at home, the crocus are in full bloom around the house. I have tended to plant a lot of crocus because the deer don't eat them and we get a spot of color early. Last fall I planted more, because I wanted to mark Doppie's howe. Much to the resident 10-year old's ire, I also planted a slew of bulbs in the lawn in front of our house..
Major complaints arose when she saw the first flowers popping out because she didn't want to walk on them. "Just wait until they're done blooming," was my response. I think I heard a slight growl but I'm really not sure.
Well, recently, a new member joined our family. Mimsy, a miniature pinscher and something mix, is a sweet little critter that is only slightly frenetic for being about a year old and having gone through the shelter experience. She still has those puppy qualities that make her simultaneously endearing and annoying, but she learns so fast, it is somewhat alarming. She has been with us for less than two weeks and she is sitting, staying, dancing, almost heeling on command. And, no, it's not like she had been trained to do these things previously, because the first action we worked on, sit, was actually hard to achieve because she wasn't what you would call a natural sitter. Definitely didn't know the command on hearing.
I am sure that I sound like a proud parent as I boast of this little dog's achievements in so short a time, but really what I am amazed at is the difference in personality between Mimsy and Doppler. Doppler was definitely all Dalmation when it came to working with him on basic actions. A distinct stubborn streak would kick in and that, combined with a feigned deafness. How do we know it was feigned, you ask? Because that critter could hear a banana being cracked open, sight unseen from 30 feet. I would open a banana in the living room and he would come trotting in from what I thought was a sound sleep in the bedroom. For some reason, as a young dog, he liked bananas.
Anyway, it's the differences between personalities and places that are startling and interesting and that really spice your life's experiences. And spring is a perfect time to celebrate differences.