I love spring! I live in North Texas and so far this season it can’t decide if it wants to be warm or cold. One day is 80 then the next is 40. It makes me all the more want to bust out into the full experience of spring. I want to see and smell all of the different varieties of flowers. My body craves the feel of the sun and breeze on my freshly exposed skin after a winter of being constantly covered (yay t-shirts and shorts!) The increased activity of the chirping birds and the crazy acrobatics of the squirrels is a marvel. And just an overall, general lightness and joy awakens in my spirit. I think spring brings out the remembrance of being a child. If I allow myself to stay with the feeling, there is something in me that feels really young and free. It reminds me of a story from Woman’s Day Magazine:
Our son decided that not only was underwear objectionable, the rest of his clothes were as well. I found him running around the house stark naked, only pausing long enough to grab a treat from the kitchen table. “Mama!” he cried with soul-soaring glee. “I’m naked! Naked with CANDY!” “What more can you ask from life?” she asked her husband. “I feel like being naked with candy myself.” Woman’s Day, February 18, 1977, by Beth Levine
I love candy myself but as an adult it’s more in the form of chocolate! However I do remember my love for candy as a young girl. I guess I related spring with candy because of all the variety of color and texture! It was such a treat. I received a quarter every week for allowance and would ride my bicycle to the quick shop and spend it on candy. Each little piece was a treasure.
This blog isn’t about candy. Really it is about what I want to do with my spring season this year. And at the moment while my heart is full of spring, I want the “soul soaring glee” feeling of running naked with candy! So what in the world would that look like? For me it would definitely be outside. And if there weren’t implications and inhibitions that come with being naked outside, I reeeaaallly would have fun running naked. Maybe not running, but skipping would be hilarious, wouldn’t it? I definitely would have to find a remote location! Ok. I’m digressing again. Though the picture in my head of a grown woman running naked with candy is funny.
I will sit with these questions today and set an intention for my spring. I know there has to be an element of play and freedom. My growing wisdom (age) doesn’t mean I stop being young. And I know some other women that need to come out and play too!
- What is your intention for spring?
- How long has it been since you have felt “soul soaring glee?”
- Do you know what it feels like to run naked with candy?
- Do you want to know?
- What would this look like for you?!
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