Spring in the South by Chasity Boling

The time changes. The weather changes. The air changes. The fashion changes. All of these changes can only mean one thing … spring is here! And even better, it’s spring in the South. I can already smell the hamburgers on the grill, can’t you? Spring is the best because it’s not quite summer. Anyone that lives in the South knows how brutal the summers can be. When the time changes, the sun sticks around a little longer and you can enjoy the simple things, like the smell of freshly cut grass, church softball games, impromptu picnics, playing fetch with your furry friends, and so much more. Even though it’s only a few extra hours of sunshine, there seems to be so much more of the day to enjoy, like riding with the windows rolled down, enjoying long walks/runs, meeting up with friends to enjoy a patio cocktail (or two), or watching some baseball while eating the All-American Hot Dog. Whatever your interests are, the beautiful spring weather beckons you outside.

Spring-time also marks the beginning of Festival Season. Doesn’t that sound fun?! In the South, there’s a festival for everything. Naming all of them would sound like Bubba (Forest Gump) naming all the different ways to eat shrimp. There are crawfish (mudbugs) festivals, music and blues festivals, BBQ festivals, hot wing festivals, beer and brew festivals, Italian festivals, Arts & Crafts festivals, burger festivals, margarita festivals, and many more. There are also a number of galas and charity balls that always make for a fun time, and for a good cause. And we can’t forget about the farmers' markets, where you can get the freshest produce, beautiful flowers, and homemade everything. The list of events goes on and on, and I’m sure a google search will lead you to upcoming events in your community.

With spring, also comes new fashion trends. The winter apparel is thrown to the back of the closet as springy dresses, shorts, and flip flops emerge from hibernation. Boots are replaced with sandals and sweaters are replaced with tank tops. Pea coats are traded for swimsuit cover-ups and scarves are traded for beach towels. The latest spring line of fashion is advertised and if you’re anything like me, too much of your money is spent on a new spring wardrobe.

When the nicer weather rolls in, the pools come uncovered, the lawn chairs are pulled from storage, outdoor games like horseshoes and corn hole are set up, and the grills come alive to do what they do best. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Anyone having a backyard barbecue soon?!

Spring has sprung and all seems right in the world. Of course, weather in the South is unpredictable so who knows how long it will last; but for now, sit back, pour yourself some lemonade, (or something stronger, if you prefer) and enjoy the season while it lasts.