The Singer of Spring…

I woke up grumpy, the winter must go.

Then I saw a crocus push up through the snow.

And what is it making that crocus to rise?

The singer of spring has hollared–surprise.

(Sarah Pirtle, Pocketful of Wonder)


Just 4 hours south on Rosemont NJ, there is a world of (early) Spring.



Pussy Willows

Close your eyes

and do not peek

and I’ll rub Spring,

across your cheek-

smooth as satin,

soft and sleek-

close your eyes

and do not peek.

by Aileen Fisher

Its been a long cold lonely winter, Little darling

It feels like years since its been here

Here comes the sun,

Here comes the sun

It’s all right

(The Beatles)

This song has been heavily played recently, and loud!  as we prepare to welcome the sun back! In the meantime we plant Spring bulb into teacups! and pretend….while we wait for the snow to melt and the brown to turn to green.



Teach the children.  We don’t matter so much, but the children do.  Show them daisies and the pale hepatica.  Teach them the taste of sassafras and wintergreen.  The lives of the blue sailors, mallow, sunbursts, the moccasin-flowers.  And the frisky ones – inkberry, lamb’s-quarter, blueberries.  And the aromatic ones – rosemary, oregano.  Give them peppermint to put in their pockets as they go to school.  Give them the fields and the woods and the possibility of the world salvaged from the lords of profit.  Stand them in the stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in, its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossoms.


~Mary Oliver



PS. A quick side comment is that we LOVE LOVE LOVE Sarah Pirtle’s Pocketful of Wonder. It is truly one of our family favorite CD’s. It is full of songs of wonder and possibility! If you have not heard it order it from you library and I guarantee you will be buying it! Oh and it comes with a PDF booklet with a ton of fun educational activities that can be done in relation with the songs and stories about how the songs came to be!






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