Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Spring in the South

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Bradford“Spring is when life’s alive in everything.” ~ Christina Rossetti

In the Northern Hemisphere, the official start of the vernal equinox was 7:02 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20th. That’s the moment when the sun is exactly overhead, as seen from the point on the Earth’s equator directly facing the sun. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winds turn colder, as the autumnal equinox sets. Here in Charlotte, the Bradford Pears are flowering, daffodils are in full bloom and the pollen is beginning to make people sneeze and sniffle. The change of seasons is a powerful force in our lives. It affects what we wear, the activities we do, our health, the foods we crave and many times our overall mood.

As for me, there are few sounds on earth as wonderful as the melody I hear when I step out the door at the break of dawn, to get the newspaper. The variety of springtime birds sounding so happy makes for a great start to my day. The ubiquitous rabbits forage before daylight, cross my path as they run scared into the neighbor’s yard. By the time I retrieve the paper, I have an extra pep in my step.

Spring is a time for renewal. As the changes occur that coincide with spring, it enlivens me as well. I feel more energized. I can put away all of the heavy coats, sweaters and wool pants, replacing them with lighter clothes and brighter colors. Winter is dull, spring is alive! Next comes the temperatures that allow for shorts and sandals, my favorite attire. There is nothing better than feeling the warm spring sun on my skin. It’s Mother Nature’s invitation to come outside to her house.

Unfortunately, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t always follow the rules. This weekend it’s going to be in the low 40’s with a chance of snow showers. In spite of the sudden dip in temperatures, my mood stays light because I know next week the temperatures could be in the 70’s. That’s just how spring behaves when it first arrives.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

28 thoughts on “Spring in the South

  1. Lets hope that the summer will be long and hot to make up for it x

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  2. We can hope! *fingers and toes crossed* Happy Spring, Jill. 🙂

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  3. Today’s high was 23 degrees. and continuing through the weekend. We are under a lake effect warning until Friday afternoon. There is new snow on the ground this evening. I have kept my vertical blinds closed all week because it just seemed cozier. I made a huge pot of potato soup! And I snuggled up and read a book!

    Winter is hanging on by its chilly fingernails because I do hear the birds singing in the morning, watch the robins skip across the sidewalk, and occasionally get a glimpse of the sun. Soon! Very soon! Spring will bloom for real!

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  4. 1. This was very well-written piece. Not that I’d expect otherwise from you, but it was really tight.

    2. It was 29 degrees in NJ this morning, and I’ve reached my limit. Bring on the heat!

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  5. You express yourself so beautifully, Jill… Like you, Spring does it for me, too: rebirth and new hope – YEAH, even at my age! Bless you… Keep writing…

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  6. 30 degrees here in Amherst, MA. Waiting anxiously for Spring to arrive! 🙂

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  7. What a gorgeous tree! I too am more of a warm-weather person, and spring lifts my spirits. It was especially important in Britain, but even here in California it matters. Trees are greening up, plants blooming, days becoming longer, the sun at a better angle. I’ll be very happy once I can eat lunch outside in short sleeves. Still a few weeks from that, but it’s a marker, as if spring (and sometimes early summer) has arrived. Great post Jill!

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    • Our neighborhood is full of Bradford Pears exploding with blooms. Unfortunately their blooms don’t stick around long with the March winds, but they’re beautiful while they last. Ahh, lunch outside with short sleeves and your laptop, that’s the best! I’m so happy you were able to resolve the pirated story debacle, Anna!

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  8. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I feel honored. I live on the North West coast and am anxiously waiting for a warmer weather. Beautifully expressed thoughts, thanks for posting.

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  9. Jill, I love how you paint pictures in with your words. Indeed, spring is a time for renewal.

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  10. Such a nice, cheerful post! I love spring, too, for many of the same reasons – the sound of the birds, flowers everywhere…life is pretty good. I’m a little spoiled with the weather though – Santa Cruz is almost always sunny and warm, even in winter. I actually find myself missing the cold and the snow. 🙂

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  12. You lucky duck – I’m jealous. We’ve had such a slow start to spring here in Chicago. My daffodils are only a few inches above the still-semifrozen ground. *sigh* At least the sun has shown for the last few days, and that makes a big difference.

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    • Spring has been slow to come alive. A day or two of temperatures in the low 70’s and everything starts popping, but then it drops into the 20’s and 30’s at night. When I can wear my sandals and expose my toes, I’ll know spring has definitely sprung. I hope the sun continues to shine for you! 🙂

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