Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: The month of May has finally arrived, and with it, the acceptance that winter has finally ended and summer is on its way. It’s definitely a month of significant changes in the landscape and temperatures. What do you look forward to the most in this transitional month?
Lisa J. Jackson: The thing I look forward to the most this month is the lilacs coming into full bloom. They only last a couple of weeks, but they are so worth waiting for. While out on my walks, I’ve discovered many homes with lilac bushes where if the wind is just right, the scent carries quite a ways. There are light purple, dark purple, and white lilacs in my area. (The whites last a lot longer than the purples.)
May is definitely a beautiful month in New Hampshire. It’s when all the blooms and blossoms start ‘popping’ and the world shifts from browns to greens and so many beautiful colors. The longer days are fabulous too. I love getting up with the birds and watching the sunrise, knowing the chill in the mornings days will dissipate at the days progress. Sunshine is a wonderful mood enhancer and I find I’m quite productive on beautiful days.
Jamie Wallace: I’m with Lisa – I love the mood-enhancing affects of spring sunshine, the brighter mornings (and evenings!), and the delightful and awe-inspiring explosion of colors that burst forth at this time of the year. Though there are things I love about each season in turn, May is a particularly beautiful month because it is the fulfillment of the hope that we’ve been holding on to so tightly through the last dregs of winter. May is Mother Nature making good on her promises, and May days always make me feel like anything is possible.
May also offers me a new canvas for my Instagram habit. Though I strive to find beauty even in the dead of winter, there’s no season that shines with fresh wonder quite like spring. My daily walks are suddenly filled with an overabundance of photo opportunities. All around me, the flora and fauna are waking up, stretching, and unfurling. It’s a truly magical time. I love capturing tiny corners and moments of the grand explosion:
I love the way that so many of these circle-of-life moments offer rich analogies about perseverance, the value of beauty, and the power of small things to make a big difference.
Diane MacKinnon: I agree with everything Lisa and Jamie said, but the May day I look forward to the most is the first beach day. If it doesn’t happen before Memorial Day weekend, I’ll know I’ll get there that weekend. The beach is one place I really feel relaxed, no matter what. Here’s a picture of one of my favorite beaches, Basin Head, on Prince Edward Island, Canada (where my family’s from.) The coolest thing about this beach is there’s a river you can jump into and it carries you downstream to the ocean. The person on the far right of the picture is watching people eddying out into the surf (you jump in further to the right where the water’s much deeper.)
Deborah Lee Luskin: This month I’m looking forward to being home after a great trip to Denmark, and watching the seeds I planted before I left break through the soil. The rhubarb is almost ready to harvest, and we’re expecting some future layers to arrive as day-old chicks by the end of the month, so farm chores are picking up. It’s time to bring my bicycle up from the basement, and I’m looking forward to climbing back into my scull after a three-year hiatus from rowing. These are all activities that sustain my work life, where I’m developing a book proposal, writing a magazine article, and thinking – always thinking – about the novel that’s been fermenting at the back of my mind for the past year.
All this and grilling and eating outside.