by Genevieve Mellott
Mark your calendar for March 20. Actually, it’s probably already on your calendar – it’s the first day of spring! Nothing is quite as exhilarating to me as the coming of spring. First, we get to stretch our days out a bit with Daylight Saving on the second Sunday of March. Then, we get to look forward to all the flowers. And the grass. And bunnies eating our flowers and grass. And seasonal allergies… I’m getting ahead of myself. The idea is there is something wonderful to anticipate! Woohoo!
Spring is also time for some pretty great holidays. There’s St. Patrick’s Day, April Fools’ Day, Easter, and Earth Day. And those are just in March and April. I’m discovering as I go along that every month is a celebration of tons of things. March is Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, National Celery Month (what the?), and a slew of other commemorations. April is National Volunteer Month, National Welding Month, Adopt a Ferret Month, and many more. Don’t Google it; your brain will hurt.
This issue is jam-packed with reasons to love our hometowns in spring. From gardening to working at home to supporting worthy causes to following real estate, we’ve got it all. I’m dreaming of doing things that don’t involve Zoom. Don’t get me wrong; I am thankful for the miracle of streamed interaction. But, oh, to go to a party again and not worry? I might cry. Those days are coming, my friend. (The parties. Hopefully not the crying part.) And to know about all the wonderful happenings, we’ll need a place to publicize them.
I wonder if you can help me out. On carbonvalley.life, there is a little community calendar. I’m hoping it becomes THE community calendar. Here’s how to help: if you sell makeup or baskets or oil, post your public events there. If you teach people to make pottery or jewelry at breweries and restaurants, post your public events and their cost. If your store is having an open house, post it. If you’re starting a book club open to any Carbon Valleyers, post it. If it’s your dog’s birthday and only his girlfriend is invited… don’t post it. I think you get the point. And yes, Facebook Live and Zoom events are welcome as long as they’re for anyone.
Why am I doing this, you ask? Because we need a central location to find out what’s going on. We need connection, and I’m hoping this calendar helps facilitate that. Won’t it be amazing when our Carbon Valley people and local businesses can go to one online place and be informed? I think so. And I hope you do, too. For now, imagine the possibilities that spring will bring, and enjoy the read!
Genevieve lives in Firestone with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. She enjoys thunderstorms, gardening, and long walks, in addition to writing, editing, and graphic design. gmdesign.biz