Growing up in south Texas, I seldom experienced a real spring. Coolish winter weather morphed unnoticeably into summer heat and humidity. By the time we were celebrating Easter, early spring blooms had faded and the a/c was running full blast everywhere.
This year we've had one of the coldest and longest spells of real winter weather on record and our reward is a glimpse of real springtime! Seeing the new green shoots peek out of frost-damaged bedding plants and grow quickly into nice fluffy borders is a welcome reminder of the new life in Christ that we will be celebrating next week as Holy Week begins. Here's a photo of one of my favorites, in the appropriate liturgical color for Lent.
What a treat!