Thanks to the people that sell greeting cards, there are a gazillion holidays to celebrate.
Most have favorites, like Christmas or a birthday.
Not me. I have three favorite holidays that Hallmark doesnít even have a card for:
* Dec. 21: The winter solstice.
It signifies that the days are getting longer and Spring is on its way. (I was very confident that there was not going to be a catastrophic occurrence last Dec. 21 to ruin my celebratory day, although some predicted the world was coming to an end.)
* Feb. 2: Groundhog Day.
Even if that pesky rodent sees his shadow, there are only six more weeks until Spring!
* March 21: Of course, the first day of Spring.
Spring is my favorite time of year.
The grass is growing, the trees are blooming and even though the nose is stuffed up and itís impossible for me to breathe, itís finally warm.
Well, most Springs.
Itís not that I have a lot of fond memories of sandy beaches and vacation getaways during Spring Break.
Though high school and college Spring Breaks brought about extra hours of work, the extra pay was always welcome.
Even during the early days as a parent (it would take years before family vacations came during Spring Break when prices of airline tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals double) most Spring Breaks were spent at home, working.
But Spring is when we were anxious to dust off the lawn mower, only to hate mowing by the time August rolled around.
The kids broke out the softball/baseball gloves and tennis rackets and golf clubs and started to practice.
Nevermind by July the baseball/softball games sometimes started past 10 p.m. and we couldnít wait for the season to END.
Even though in Kansas we pretty much play golf all winter long, in the Spring we can trade the long underwear for polo shirts and shorts except for yesterday, when the predicted sunny skies and 60 degree temperature never materialized.
And snow is still in the forecast later this week.
My first year in high school, I was lucky enough to qualify for the golf team as a freshman. Abilene always hosted the first tournament of the season in March. The remnants of the old Central Kansas League had teams from Manhattan, Junction City, Salina and McPherson playing in the Abilene tournament which made it the most difficult tournament to win of the season.
In 1970 we showed up at the old Abilene Country Club that March morning, admiring the foot of snow on the ground.
Which brings to mind the Abilene Invitational, the tournament the Abilene Country Club hosted in late May.
In my early golfing days I was a caddie. Yep, I got to loop a round in the morning and a round in the afternoon and got PAID for it!
Later I was privileged to play in the tournament on occasion. While it wasnít the Masters, a good time was had by all.
Having played in many tournaments over the years, the ACC Invitational was one of the best.
Henry Jameson, then editor and publisher of the Reflector-Chronicle, would always cover the dog race on Friday evenings at the Invitational when 10 of the best golfers teed off hole No. 1. The golfer with the worst score on each hole was eliminated until only one golfer was left standing on No. 9.
This was way before reality TV.
Yes, Spring is in the air.
Loving every minute of it!