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From the Editor's keyboard
By Lynda Duffy
Musings, thoughts and ideas from Lynda Duffy, editor of Williams/Grand Canyon News.
Monday, March 21, 2011

Life is too short to slosh through slushy snow on the second day of spring

 Lynda Duffy
Former Editor

I do not like this image anymore. I want sun, warmth and lots of flowers.

Yesterday was the first day of spring. I celebrated the day in the Valley, where it was somewhat warm, yet gray. The temperature hovered around 70. I was wearing capris, a spring blouse and sandals to show off newly painted toenails. I willed it to be spring. If I dressed the part, it would be spring. It had to be. Winter has lasted too long. Sadly, dressing the part did not work. My spring fantasy quickly ended as we climbed the hills during our return to northern Arizona.

We ate lunch in Rock Springs, where it was still warm. An hour later in Prescott, the temperature had dropped 20 degrees ... it was cold. Everyone was sporting snow gear, even though it snows little in Prescott. Once home, it was downright cold.

This morning, it was snowing. By the time I slid to work, slush was predominate. Lunchtime came quickly. I was starving, but did not want to drive home. The roads were extremely yucky. Within 15 minutes, hunger won and I headed home. Returning to work was frightening, too. Now, during the 3 o'clock blues, the trip home seems daunting.

I'm acting and feeling completely lame. I need to stop this. Home is three stop signs away ... less than 1/2 mile. I grew up here. It used to snow more. It used to snow harder. I know I can drive in this junk. The problem is, I no longer want to. Living in the Valley is becoming more appealing as the years roll by. Perhaps it's time for a change of venue. Seriously.

It is spring! Just like it is 5 o'clock somewhere, it is springtime somewhere else and there are flowers, along with brilliant sunshine and warmth. Life is too short to keep sloshing through slush.

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