Caught up in the dramatic flair of April, I am enraptured by her manic weather. Whereas a couple of weeks ago I was hibernating, building a fire, pouting and sliding the kids into snow pants, today we wore sleeveless shirts and sunscreen for a day at the beach. I felt a little looney, but happy to run down the waterfront with a flock of seagulls and a trail of little girls, sand kicking up from under our fast-moving feet. We collapsed back at our spot, marked by a blue blanket. They dumped their bag of sand toys and began building cities; I sat in thought and gave thanks for the goodness of a mid-April day spent riverside.
Petrie Island's beach will be groomed as the city prepares for an onslaught of summertime beach goers, but today, the shores were still resplendent in treasures leftover from the ice break. The girls had fun with water-worn sticks, bird feathers and rocks. The warm sun, the empty beach and the never-worn sandals on our feet made me imagine we'd been plucked from one season and released here with the blink of an eye. We didn't question the mystery of how, we just got down to business soaking the marrow out of this first beach day. Carpe diem.
"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." - Shakespeare.
Cheers to spring! Shooters for breakfast! I have been making myself smoothies for breakfast and giving the girls shots glasses of the leftovers. With spring comes the end of hibernation and, for me, a renewed focus on putting better food in, exerting more effort out, and feeling my energy level rise alongside the plants in my garden trays. With longer, warmer days comes an invitation for adventure, and I want to be able to keep up! [ETA: smoothies are spinach, pumpkin seeds, chia, honey, ginger, frozen mango, Greek yogurt and water]