When my wife decorates the house for Christmas, some of the decor is winter-themed. That means when Christmas season is over and those decorations get packed up and stored again in the basement, the general winter-themed items like snowmen and snow globes remain on display. So, you get used to the way everything looks. But once we entered the annual tug of war between winter and spring all of the winter decorations are boxed back up and returned to the basement as well. I think she doesn’t want anyone to catch her with a “Let it Snow” plaque on the wall right after a March snowfall. She doesn’t want to be held responsible.
So, I wasn’t surprised when early last week I came home to find that winter, at least inside winter, had been relegated to storage. Inside spring comes a little slowly though, especially when a foot of snow still covers the yard. The first springtime decorations to return are the family photos on the fireplace mantle and on the coffee table in the living room that had been seasonally replaced by white frosted pine boughs and twinkling lights.
It was good to get reacquainted with the photos, especially the ones on the fireplace mantle. The photos on the coffee table are of grandchildren, so they tend to get replaced at least yearly when the latest school pictures are taken. The photos on the fireplace are lifetime pictures that can’t be replaced.