Friday, March 27, 2015

When is Spring Coming Already? by Susan R. Hughes

I live in Ottawa, Ontario. Winter is always cold, snowy and long here, but this winter has been especially brutal. My daughter got up on March 20th, peered out the back window, and said with dismay, “Hey, it’s supposed to be the first day of spring! It’s still winter!”

Yeah, pretty much. This week, some afternoons have been pleasantly sunny while others have been overcast with flurries. Snowbanks have receded, but the morning chill still stings your cheeks and hands. Of course, it’s been a lot worse for folks on the east coast who have had to endure dump after dump of snowfall. But seriously, when is this going to end?

I'm impatient for the barbecue to emerge from the mounds of snow on my deck, so we can slap some burgers and kebabs on the grill. What a thrill it will be to clear away the dead leaves in my garden and find my beloved perennials peeking out of the ground. I am aching to watch my miniature irises unfurl their vibrant purple petals.

I long to slip on my sandals and walk outside without having to bother with a jacket! And I can’t wait much longer for warm weekends where the kids can play outside for hours instead of driving me crazy indoors.

I’ll just have to be patient a bit longer. With April approaching, spring can’t be far off—can it?


Susan R. Hughes writes contemporary and historical novels set mainly in Canada. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and three children. Visit her website at

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  1. I'm so sorry you're still trapped in winter. Hope spring arrives at your house soon!

  2. It'll be over before you know it. And roll on barbecue season!!

  3. We're in that awful spell where the air is full of pollen and it's almost 90 out. Oh, but Joanne reminds me I need to buy more propane!

  4. The temp here in Minnesota today is about 45 degrees and the winds are ferocious. I'm so tired of this. It's supposed to get up to around 60 for the next three days, so hopefully I can get outside and do some yard work. I am so ready for spring.