My First Spring in Ten Years

We moved to Minnesota in late March 2000, the second snowiest month of the year, with flurries in the air. My neighbor welcomed us with Cornish pasties and a warning that I might not want to plant my garden any time soon.

I’ve since endured ten long Minnesota winters.

While the rest of my friends and families pull out flip flops and short-sleeved shirts, we wear our turtlenecks and boots through April. At the beginning of May I pile up the winter coats on the laundry room table, fearful that if I wash them I will jinx us with a turning back of the seasonal clock. We’ve built a snow “bunny” for Easter, celebrated a blizzard instead of our late April anniversary, and lived spring vicariously through everyone who lives south of us.

Not this year.

Warm temperatures melted all the snow at the beginning of March, and we haven’t had anything but a flurry or two since then.  The warm temperatures and sunshine warmed the soil in our raised garden beds enough that for the first time ever, I planted cold weather crops before May. The peas, lettuce and spinach seeds went into our rooftop garden on March 28, which marked our ten year anniversary of moving “up north.”

This unprecedented extension of our growing season renewed my faith that I can endure more than long winters, the loss of my idealism, middle age, reduced income, neighborhood bullies and living in one place longer than I think I can. But more importantly, the early pea plants that emerged on Sunday awakened my hope that God is mindful of each of us.

Leave me a comment and tell me what is emerging in your heart this spring. As for me, I’ll be outside—the seed potatoes go in today.


  1. Trent
    Apr 12, 2010

    Today I am filled with renewed and growing gratitude for my family. A recent event in my extended family brought about the contemplation of how fragile life is and how important it is to cherish each moment. So as the seeds of gratitude have been planted again, I must now nourish and strengthen them so that they grow and expand and can bear fruit that can be shared by many.

  2. Rachel
    Apr 12, 2010

    If it makes you feel any better- once you go far enough south it gets cold again- I’m putting away shorts and buying coats for us here in Oz 🙂

  3. Miriam Lovell Dyer
    Apr 13, 2010

    What a thing to celebrate! Hopefully, your warm seasons will stay longer as well.

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