Very briefly we welcomed back global warming only to be plunged back into a winter wonderland. Fortunately, Kansas missed the worst of it. North Dakota was locked into a terrible blizzard, and Texas had a bout with large hail.
Hail in Baldwin was brief and small in size. It did not destroy my daffodils.
"Daffy down dillies had just come to town in the green dresses and golden crowns," was the chant of my childhood.
My forsythia blooms feebly as if afraid to make an all-out effort. Violets have yet to appear. Where are the spring peepers? The Almanac says April will be cool and wet in Kansas. I will not object because April showers bring forth May flowers.
How fortunate we are to live in Baldwin. On Saturday, our town will be lively with goings on. A free Health Fair sponsored by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission and Baker University at the Collins Center will include free health screenings. Also, you may register at 7:45 a.m. for a community 5K walk/run.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lodge on U.S. 56 will be the Home and Garden Show. Quality home and garden products and business exhibitors with building advice will be available. Why not grab a hotdog and play a few rounds of miniature golf?
Baldwin buzzes with things to do. Lets not forget the egg hunt trains at Midland Railway this Saturday and Sunday, as well as April 19. All aboard! Trains depart from the historic station in west Baldwin. Also available are photos with the Easter bunny, Easter egg hunts with 1,000 eggs per train and the souvenir shop. Tickets are available online.
If all mentioned above is not enough, how about a buggy ride? Dee Hay, her wonderful horse and beautifully decorated buggy will be at Stan Vickers' Antiques on the Prairie from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is a great way to ride through town.
"Put on your pretty new bonnet with the blue ribbon on it and Dee will hitch black Chico to the shay. Through the streets of Baldwin City, you will be sitting pretty on many a festive day."
The joint will be jumping in Baldwin City. Why is Kansas called "fly over country?" I believe we have more going on than in many a big city. In fact, I heard New York City's Central Park carriage rides are being discontinued. Isn't this also true in KC? Perhaps unlike the Amish, who still use energy saving horse and buggies, they are not able to accommodate the byproducts of these energy savers. Watch your step!
“The year’s at the spring, the day’s at the morn. Mornings at seven, the hill sides dew-pearled. The lark’s on the wing, the snails on the thorn. God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world.”
After listening to NPR news I can no longer believe “all’s right with the world!” Perhaps the following quote is more in tune with the news of earthquakes, tornadoes, large hail, a million AMERICAN cars recalled and endless news of shootings against our military by our military who suffer from battle fatigue. In World War I it was called shell shock. Vietnam is another black mark for our involvement in foreign entanglements, resulting in unrealized and often untreated mental illness still besetting those veterans.
"Open my ears to music; let me thrill with Spring’s first flutes and drums—But never let me dare forget The bitter ballads of the slums.” - Louis Untermeyer 1885
Hopefully we will soon “welcome sweet springtime we greet thee with song. Soft notes of gladness fall on the ear. Sing then thee birds raise your voices on high. Sing then thee birds. Sing!”