Monday, April 4, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy - Week 14 Spring

Week 14. Spring. What was spring like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc. Thank you to Amy over at We Tree for sponsoring this event.



Spring meant milder weather, the scent of lilacs, and the return of robins. In northern Illinois, we never planted before mid-May, since we could have snow and or frost that late. But come mid-May my dad would declare "Sit in the Mud Day" and we could start planting. Little did I realize he was really referring to "17 Mai" the Norwegian Independence Day. Our backyard was a true treasure in the spring. We had lilac bushes, a cherry tree, a pear tree, and a rhubarb patch. We also had tiger lilys that returned every year.

Spring also meant roller skates, bikes, jump rope, and playing jacks on the sidewalk. Hopscotch, Red Rover, Mother May I, and Red Light, Green Light were popular games.