It's funny the things you miss.
So Spring has always been my favorite season in Texas. I'm not sure why, really, I just like it. Maybe it's the end of cold weather (although I like cold weather) but I think it's that earth wakes back up in the spring. Grass turns green again, trees pop out another round of leaves and flowers pop up everywhere - it's bluebonnet time. The weather is great - I love big storms - and, I don't know - I just like it.
There is no spring in Guatemala. Just 'winter' and 'summer'. There is a rainy season and a dry one and depending on who you ask the rainy one is winter and the dry one is summer but no one agrees on that. There are 4 'seasons' but just because the US has them and we have the year broken up into quarters. But really, there's no huge shifts in temperature where we live. It's between 40-80 degrees most days. Rarely hotter than 80 and rarely colder than 40. I mean, it's great. Perfect weather.
But I miss the spring. Spring breaks happened and we had no idea here. All the markers we had for what time of year it is have changed. I can look at a calendar but that just tells me what the date is - it doesn't 'feel' like spring here. I reckon it will in the future, but for now, it's got me a little off kilter.
See, here, it feels like April-almost-May to every Guatemalan. But I'm not a Guatemalan. And so I don't feel the seasons like they do. The only difference here is that it's a little colder or hotter and it either rains or it doesn't. And I'm just not used to that. So its weird. Deacon will grow up 'feeling' the seasons like a Guatemalan so maybe I can ask him to explain it to me in a couple of years.
But for now, I miss the Spring.
Oh, here's a picture of our puppy, Bela:
Yeah, she's cute. Because of her we now get up at 5:45, but at least we can get some things done that way. I'm actually just now starting to like her. She's almost house-broken. I know, I know, how could you not like such a cute puppy? Well, I can give you a list I guess but I like her now. At least more than I used to. The reality is that we wanted a DOG not a puppy but this seemed like the best way to reach our desired goal. Valer la pena - it's worth it.