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PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES:ee^Getting through the spring-time blues

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By Kirsten Laskey

I am not a big fan of winter. The constant grey days, the daily sheet of ice on my car windshield and the cold that nips no matter how many layers of fleece or wool you wear are not appealing.

I know I am not the only one who feels this way. Garrison Keillor, in his radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” has a whole story about the effect the winter blues have on people.

In his story, the sight of a daughter who forgoes wearing her good clothes and dresses like a hobo hurts a mother, a teacher gets ready to quit after reading a stack of badly written essays and city council is terrified at the thought of allowing a company that makes a musical straw come into town. But everyone, Keiler notes, eases their emotions when they realize they are just the victims of the winter blues that flourish in the wintertime.

Everyone reminds themselves that winter and its depressing feelings will soon pass.

I can relate to this story because this season certainly has that effect for me. In fact, I pretty much count the days until spring.

But I’ve realized, just like the winter months with their constant gloom, spring has its own quirks. It’s really volatile. Winter gives you the blues, but spring leaves you on the edge of your seat. You wonder what will happen next.


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