The Mexican quintet Metales M5 (they were great, "fabulous" even as my friend Nancy would say) managed to fly out today in all this wind and rain. The little airline office at the airport was like a scene from a Marx Brothers movie when they arrived, trying to squeeze in out of the storm with a tuba, French horn, trombone, about ten trumpets, and five big suitcases into a room jammed full of texting snowboarders plugged into iTunes and their big board bags and duffels strewn every which way. Just another April day in Haines full of shiny happy people. Seriously.
Before church Easter Sunday I asked Ivy (almost three) if the Easter Bunny had come to her house, and she said, "No."
What no Easter Bunny?
"Santa Claus left us baskets of candy and presents and Jesus is going to hide eggs in the yard," she said.
There is nothing like a sunny, snow-free, mild Easter to make a whole town smile. It is so nice to be out of the gloom of Lent and in to spring. I keep thinking about what the Dalai Lama said, that death is a change of clothes, and how Jesus would no doubt agree, and I feel better about so many things.
With thirteen-plus hours of daylight now, the sun was up when I went to the pool this morning at 6:30, and I think some of the regulars were out walking in the fresh air with all the thrushes and robins where it sounds like spring too-- so the pool was kind of quiet. It will be noisy on Saturday morning with the Dolphins' annual swim-a-thon. The kids are raising thousands of dollars and swimming a lot of laps. One little guy we sponsored is doing 80 laps. Laps, not lengths. 36 laps is a mile. He says he can do it.
So, a few days ago while walking our dogs on the beach, they ran into a mucky pond and chased a pair of mallards who have arrived earlier it seems than ever, like spring has. It's a good-new bad-news season. (Yes, no snow!
“I’ll give you a theory: Man’s closest relative is not the chimpanzee, as the TV people believe, but is, in fact, the dog.” -- Garth Stein in The Art of Racing on the Rain.
Children! Yesterday I had the brunettes- and I couldn't find my camera, I apologize, but my life has been like that lately in that everything I'm looking for is under a pile of something I should be doing, before I do what I am actually doing... -- anyway, today I had the blondes. ( The red head is in Juneau, and did very well in his first week of daycare.)