March 01, 2012
Spring is almost here! Even though we have had a mild winter, I am looking forward to spring. I like the feel, sights, and sounds of spring. The weather gets warmer, birds return, plants bloom, and grass and trees turn green. It is nice to be able to go for walks without having to bundle up. It is also time for St. Patrick's Day parades and Easter festivities. People are out working in their yards. I am not much of a gardener, but my sister gave me a lilac bush last year. I am anxious to see if it blooms this year. I may check out the book Lilacs: a Gardener's Encyclopedia so I can enjoy some bouquets.
I am also looking forward to the Kansas City Royals baseball season. Spring training has already begun for them in Arizona. I have always been a Royals fan, but the past few years, I have lost some interest in the team. I remember the glory days when they won championship series and even the World Series against St. Louis! If you are too young to remember this or just want to relive it, a good book to check out would be Crowning the Kansas City Royals by Jeffrey Spivak. The team consisted of the same players for several years in a row back then. Then came the years of rebuilding the team after losing players due to retirement and trades.
I couldn't keep up with all of the changing players. Most of the games were not broadcast on local network television, and I don't enjoy listening to games on radio. Last year we got satellite television and were able to see most of the games. That renewed my interest in the team and I learned the players' names and how well they played. We even went to a few games.This will be an exciting year for Kansas City, even if the Royals don't do well, because the All Star games will be played at Kauffman Stadium.