As children we are taught that Spring means flowers, baby chicks, butterflies, and if you were raised in a traditional home, it meant trading out your black shoes for white.
As we are getting older, as we are experiencing parenthood, China, and the combination of the two,
we are learning that there's so much more to Spring.
It means the kids can finally get all their pent up energy out in the great outdoors and actually use those bikes that have been sitting around collecting dust.
It means that in addition to feeding 3 hungry kids, a dog, 2 geckos and their stash of live mealworms, we are also feeding who-knows-how-many silk worms.
Our schedule must now allow mulberry leaf hunts every 2 days.
It means that it's finally warm enough for a certain little princess to start potty training
without the burden of 4 layers of clothing.
It means that pineapple on a stick can be found within a 5 minute walk, no matter where we are.
It means more frequent baths and grass stained clothes,
but it's okay because it's just so great to be outside.
It means that long lost friends finally come out of hibernation
only to show off how much they've all grown during the winter months.
It means reuniting with those who have spent the long holiday in their hometowns,
and saying goodbye to them because they've found a new job
and are entering their own new season of life..
In every part of our life, sometimes it seems like winter is here to stay, especially in Changsha.
But as we know,
"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow." ~Proverb
And for that, we can be grateful...