One of my all-time favorite songs is It’s Not Easy Being Green sung by Kermit the Frog. In the song Kermit laments that green isn’t a flashy color, but it is the color of other noteworthy things. Things such as the color of spring.
I have been humming this sweet little tune today as green has been on my mind since I left home this morning. It was then that I saw a little bit of amazing peppered across the brown soggy grass in the neighborhood – I saw small patches of green emerging. Just yesterday, all I noted was brown and here today the green has begun to populate the lawn landscape.
That is North Dakota for you. Our growing season is not long enough to allow for monkeying around. I love the way our spring, once in motion, is supercharged. I have marveled for years at the speed with which the greenery comes back once the snow cover melts away and the sun begins to shine just a little. It is like the grass, plants, shrubs, and trees know that every day must be maximized.
Today I saw small patches, tomorrow I will see more. It won’t be long now until folks start to break out their lawnmowers, garden tools, and patio furniture…thank goodness. It may not be easy being green – especially in North Dakota – but oh, how we love that color this time of year.
Day one thousand three hundred and eighty-six of the new forty – obla di obla da