Seattle’s Spring has officially sprung. Flowers are everywhere, birds are chirping, the grass is vibrant green, the skies are bright blue, it is all in full swing. Ahhhh, after months of rainy days and nights, it is time to open up the windows, throw on our flip-flops and surround ourselves with some delicious Spring air.
Growing up in San Diego, I never really knew seasons. In southern California, it is either warm or warmer. Everyday is full of sunshine and warm air. Sandals were part of my everyday attire. As much as I LOVE San Diego, I completely took the sun for granted and I always felt like I was missing something while I lived there. On the rare times that it rained, I was in absolute heaven. It was so cleansing and cozy and such a change from the constant sun. I knew in my heart of hearts that I had to leave, and move to a place that had both cold and warm weather, changes of season, and most importantly, rain. WELL, I think Seattle definitely has enough rain to keep a Cali girl happy. The first year I lived in here, I had no idea what I was in for. When they say it rains here, they ain’t kiddin’. I remember calling my dad and asking him if the sun would EVER come out again. I was seriously starting to feel a little panicked. He laughed, and having lived in Seattle for 13 years himself, he assured me that every year, right after Valentine’s Day, Seattle begins to brighten up, and I would start seeing Spring emerge. And, like always, Dad was right. Every year, like clockwork, out of all that rain comes the most beautiful Spring and Summer one ever did see. The grand trees stand proudly. The lush plants soak up the sunshine and look oh so happy. Little baby ducks are swimming on Lake Washington. Pike Place Market is buzzing with tourists and locals alike, picking up the freshest and most delectable goodies to enjoy. Vibrant colored flowers are suddenly everywhere, seemingly saying, ‘Look at me! Look at me! Aren’t I gorgeous?!’ Yes, yes, you certainly are, I tell them. It is magic.
As soon as Spring’s weather warms up, Seattlites are suddenly outside 24/7, myself included. Every restaurant patio is at maximum capacity, every city park, dog park and beach is filled with people trying to make up for the last 9 months of vitamin D deficiency. People are smiling, conversations are lively, there is a remarkable energy coursing through the soul of the city. It’s finally here! THIS is what we’ve all been waiting for! Ohhhh, fresh cut grass, warm from the sunshine. Let’s go lay in it just because. Ahhhhhhh.
On our daily walks, I can even see Finley’s spirits being lifted. He skips along the sidewalk, rolls around in the park, stops and smells the flowers. He knows the season is changing too.
On such a fine warm day, one of my favorite things to do is to find a great patio or outdoor area, grab Finley, and plunk myself down in the best seat I can find. My girlfriend Evann and I will call each other and say, “Do you want to go patio drinking?” The answer of course, is always yes. Last night, we met up for beers at Fremont brewery before heading over to a lovely restaurant called Westward and Gull for some oysters and wine. Lucky for us, there were two seats around the fire outside that had our names on them. Oh.my.gosh. HEAVEN!!! Fresh oysters that were sooooooo yummy. Fresh, salty, sweet, crisp. We were happy as oysters. I mean clams. 🙂
SO MUCH GOOD! Oh Seattle, you’ve done it again. Just when I think I can’t love you anymore, you bring Spring. You little dickens, you.
Well friends, enjoy this time of rebirth, renewal, and reawakening. Go outside, lay in the grass, look up at the sky, and say thank you for warmer weather, longer days, and a sun-soaked life.