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St. Patrick’s Day Means Springtime is Coming

It’s been a long, cold winter, even for us in the Deep South. But this week I realized spring is here. The Japanese Magnolias, the Redbuds, the Bradford Pears are at the peak of their blooms. The azalea buds are about to burst out and the trees are full of soft spring green leaves.

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I’ve been feeling nostalgic during this transitional time of year as my part of the world goes from grey to colorful. Maybe it was a post and a photo of my dad that brought a wealth of comments and storytelling.  Or maybe it was an abundance of TBT photos. Over the last few weeks I saw a few vintage photos of friends that were taken in the springtime of their lives. Back when their hair was full and their faces were unlined, back when we were brand new friends. I read the gentle teasing about getting old in the comments and I wanted to shout, this is how I still see these friends!

The St. Paddy’s Day parade is always a sign that spring is here. It’s a large, family friendly parade that winds through the most beautiful, older neighborhoods in the city. My sweetie use to live on this parade route and the day is full of tender memories for him. This year my sweetie and I were joined by his adult children and grandchildren to catch the flying beads. Only in Louisiana can you hear that his young grandchildren were now experienced paraders having practiced at smaller “starter” parades. It was so heartwarming to see my sweetie’s face light up when he held his little mini me up to catch a toy and the little fella grinned ear to ear.

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Connie McLeod

Connie Mcleod is a: Creativity Coach, Greenview Designs; Art Director; Designer; Marketer; Blogger; Speaker and Group Facilitator; Foodie and Wine Lover; World Traveler

Connie McLeod

Wednesday 26th of March 2014

Estelle, let me know if ever come back to visit. April is the best month to visit Louisiana.

Estelle

Wednesday 26th of March 2014

Connie, Every time I read about your love of your town I get nostalgic thinking of the fun times I spent in NOLA. Hope your Spring comes in bright and cheery. Estelle

Suzanne

Monday 17th of March 2014

It can't come fast enough for me. Here in the Rocky Mountains its not exactly Spring yet. I hope in comes soon. Suzanne www.chapter-two.net

Connie McLeod

Monday 17th of March 2014

Suzanne, it's chilly and grey today, I think spring is just teasing me.

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