in just- Spring in Oklahoma

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman


whistles          far          and wee


and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s


when the world is puddle-wonderful


the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing


from hop-scotch and jump-rope and








balloonMan          whistles
wee                   -e.e. cummings
Okay, so maybe Oklahoma isn’t mud-luscious right now, but I certainly heard the balloon man whistle far and wee this past Saturday.  It was the perfect Spring day, and you all know it can change in an instant.  As a matter of fact,  the next day cooled down and was super windy.  Too windy to enjoy being outside.  And this week is expected to be cooler, but it may get puddle-wonderful.
This past Saturday  reminded me of this sweet e.e. cummings poem, and the excitement and anxious anticipation I feel for Spring.  If you were not out to enjoy that beautiful Saturday, you missed a gorgeous day.
Our Saturday plan was to hike in Arrowhead State Park, then meet my cousin and her daughter in Krebs at Pete’s  for dinner.  On the east side of Oklahoma City on I-40, our car came to a stand still.  Evan and I saw people cutting across the median to head back to the city.  We discussed doing the same, but we kept on.  As we slowly crept along, we could see pretty far into the distance and it looked like a stringy bohemian type ribbon of all different colors.  The entire east bound side of the  interstate was flooded with vehicles.  We had passed the turn around point, but Evan (after psyching himself up) turned the car around anyways and drove on the side of the road until we could cut across and go back west.  We decided to come up with plan B – Lake Arcadia.  And that automatically means Pops!
This was our first visit to Arcadia Lake.  It was also the first time I ever had to pay to hike on a trail.  We’ve paid to enter parks before, but I never specifically had to pay to walk the trail anywhere.  The trail was easy and not too strenuous, but it never took us by the water and we could hear the traffic from Route 66 the entire time.  We didn’t hike the whole trail, and I meant to see how far we hiked, but I forgot.  As far as time was concerned, it was about an hour and a half hike, but not worth the $2.img_2910-1
Then came the best part of the afternoon— Pops!  Over 700 varieties of pop in one glorious convenient store.  I broke my Lenten sacrifice of no pop and ordered my new favorite fountain drink; CheerWine with chocolate.  It’s like drinking cordial cherries.  We also picked some bottled drinks; I got an Austrian drink that I thought might have an almond taste because the brand  began with “alm”.  That is not a good reason to pick a drink.   It had a green grape flavor and wasn’t very sweet, but it was still tasty.
We still have a few weeks before it is officially Spring, but this weekend gave me Spring fever, for sure.  With our Oklahoma weather, we never know what we are going to get, so if it’s nice this weekend, get out and see our beautiful state!

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