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Donna Gets it Right ----

12-28 -02

It's OVER, Now bring on the Spring!

Well, here we are at the end of another year. The house is still a wreck, and the kids are playing with new toys.

At our house, Gameboy was the big toy this Christmas. I wonder if we'll regret that purchase? We have to call the kids' names several times before they hear us, and then their response is "Wait, I need to collect one more of these blinking red thingies and I'll be at the next level." I think I've already answered my regret question.

But, as with every year, it was fun and noisy, and, even though I defended Christmas in my last column, I'm ready to take down my tree and get my house back to normal. I love all the parts that lead up to Christmas, but once it's over, it's over. To me, this is when the commercialism really hits. All the "After Christmas EVERYTHING Sales", then the "New Year's EVERYTHING Sales".

Frankly, after New Year's is done, I'm ready to go straight to April. I'm not a Winter person. I've never been a real "outdoorsy" person in the first place, but when it's bitter cold, I really like to stay IN. I'm sure I wasn't that way when I was young, and I'm sure this indoor person I've become is the old lady coming out in me. Maybe there is something to hitting 40. The cold makes my bones ache and.......STOP, I've officially become my grandparents!! Even though I'm 8 months away from turning 40, I shouldn't be complaining openly about my aches and pains. Sheesh!

Spring is my favorite time of year. Just like all the clichés, Spring is when everything becomes fresh and new again. All the leaves return green and lush to the trees, my Azaleas bloom big and beautiful, and the gorgeous white Dogwood in my backyard really takes off in April. We have our own Mr. Groundhog in the backyard that makes an appearance every Spring to let us know that warmer weather is on its way.

As for January, February and early March, my kids all got new coats, boots and gloves, so they're ready. But, I'll hunker down for the next few months and make the best of the cold weather to come, all the while dreaming of Springtime 60's and 70's.

And watching for that Groundhog.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year.

Until next year.....


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