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Savoring Spring

As I think about this column, I wonder why no words are flowing onto the blank page on the monitor in front of me.

My mind is full of thoughts, so I can't understand why the page is blank. The former statement is the diagnosis of the problem, however. My mind is full of thoughts.

It's Spring. Everything happens in the Spring, or so it seems. I love Spring, because the birds seem to be singing non-stop every day. And bright colors are bursting out everywhere. I like seeing Mrs. Eller and her crew busily working in the flower beds around downtown Thomson.

Admittedly, I'm a Fall person and prefer that season over the other three. But Spring has the same events taking place as the Fall - festivals, concerts, fundraisers, special programs, school events, etc.

It's time to have some fun - and for me to put in a good amount of overtime - at the Mutt Madness in Dearing (3/28), Ray Guy Golf Classic (4/3), Denim, Diamonds and Flip Flops concert (4/4), Kids' Fishing Day at the McDuffie Hatchery (4/18) and Car Show at the Depot (4/25).

And there's practically a whole page full of Relay For Life fundraiser events in our newspaper (see Page 2A) that is guaranteed to feed and entertain your family continuously for the next two months.

May will kick off a whole new list of events with geocaching, Mayfest, Blind Willie Blues Festival, Arts in the Alley, Relay For Life and Thomson High School graduation.

As if that wasn't enough to fill my calendar, Spring is baseball season. Ahhh... Now we're talking. Because my family and I love baseball more than food and festivals. And I love baseball the most when I'm watching my own sons play.

Right at the moment, Kevin is the only one I've got on the diamond. I haven't even been able to watch him play yet this season, because his games are usually while I'm at work and most of them are out of town. He's actually playing one right now as I'm writing this. So, I've been turning Spring-green with envy when other moms on the team call to report how he's doing. "You just ought to see your son pitching right now," they say.

And I agree.

In fact, I plan to next Monday, March 30. Whatever is taking place in McDuffie County that day, don't expect to see me. I will be at the GreenJackets stadium watching Kevin's team, the CSRA Crusaders, face the Augusta Christian Lions.

If you have nothing else to do that day, I invite you at 5 p.m. to see it. It will be my deadline day, so I'll probably be sitting in the stands typing out another column on my laptop.

Web posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009

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