It’s spring in the District.

This time of year is Washington at its most beautiful.  Flowers are starting to bloom, grass is green again, and the branches of trees are beginning to bud leaves.  Temperatures are still fluctuating a bit, but you wouldn’t know it if you looked on my school’s campus– girls are wearing sundresses, groups are out playing frisbee or picnicking or smoking hookah on the quad.  Some people have been seen sunbathing on the warmer days.  The National Cherry Blossom Festival also starts this weekend (which means tourists.  A lot of them.  I have gone downtown during the Festival once, and that was enough for me.  The flowers are pretty, but I’d rather avoid that area of the city during the festival).

For me, the best part about the warm weather is taking walks.  I don’t walk for walking’s sake, but I walk to class, to work, to the grocery store… basically anything within a mile, I walk.  And let me tell you, it was a lot nicer to walk from the grocery store last evening than it was when we had 3+ feet of snow.  It also means the gardens are blooming, and as I work at a place with a beautiful garden, I can return to leisurely 20-minute lunches sitting in the sunshine, surrounded by flowers, with a book.

What is your favorite part of spring?

– Jane Granville