I’m just old enough to remember when “Easter bonnets” actually were a big deal — at least in the kind of working-class Catholic neighborhoods where ladies always carried chapel caps folded into their purses, in case they needed to make a quick church stop between errands. Peak bonnet, for me, was a white straw mob cap decorated with tiny navy bows, the year I was six. That was just before Vatican Council II eliminated the ‘women must wear head coverings’ edict. It’s still a good feeling to start packing away the heavy winter coats and boots, secure in the knowledge that there will be cold days and maybe even some snow, but the inclination of the sun has broken winter’s back.
Yesterday, in fact, was the first day that actually felt like Spring here. It was beautifully sunny, the snow piles have (mostly) disappeared, and the earliest daffodil clumps are finally greening up. Amidst the sad grey-brown wreckage of our brutal winter, of course… so it’s going to take that much more spring cleaning to get the yard back into shape. Not to mention the 18 shopping bags & counting that need to be delivered now that the donation bins have emerged from the snowbanks, which will make enough room in the garage that we can continue decluttering, one surface at a time. I’d buy Marie Kondo’s much-recommended book on the Japanese art of ‘tidying up’, but we’d just lose it in the clutter that results when two packrats haven’t moved house in twenty years!
What’s on the Spring Cleaning / Sprucing Up agenda in your neighborhood?