I'll bet you're wondering what the Cliffs of Moher have to do with Spring, particularly since I went to Ireland this past Fall. Well I'll tell you the truth, it doesn't have much at all to do with Spring except for the fact that when we went to the Cliffs of Moher (We meaning from left Kate, Bridget, me and Chelsea, Bridget is another Guilford student) it was one of the warmest days of our entire semester. It was clear and beautiful and you could see for forever it seemed. These last few days at Guilford have been just as beautiful.
We have had several days of weather in the 70s and bright sunny skies. I have seen flowers starting to bloom, trees budding and smiles on people's faces who have been frowning all winter. This is our reward for surviving the darkness. Yesterday, I had one of my classes outside and then in the afternoon my roommate, Nate, called me from the library and got me to throw the Frisbee with him out on the quad. Before you know it there were 6 of us standing outside of my class building and the library just tossing the Frisbee around and having a great time. It was so regenerative, to run, to jump, to throw, to catch, I loved every minute of it. Then I had to go to class. But the joy of spring has sprung forth on campus and is bubbling up and over our heads and filling us with exultation. Days like this make me understand why people worship nature. The vast difference between this winter and today shows the incredible variance that nature can produce, and the beauty. I spent a semester in Ireland, arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth, and yet coming home I have been able to appreciate the beauty of North Carolina even more. I got excited, upon my return, when I got red mud on my shoes, it was a great feeling.
This weekend is what's known as Serendipity, a weekend long festival at Guilford celebrating the coming of Spring and a change of pace from our classes. Almost all of the students at Guilford participate in some part of the weekend. I went to the Contra Dance today and it was SO much fun! I did, unfortunately, get a pretty bad blister on my left foot, but the dancing was worth it. The band who played for it included one of my friend's father, and they were great fun! "Good craic" as they say in Ireland. I'm probably going to some of the concerts tonight and not even thinking about all the homework I should be doing. That's the first rule of Serendipity: Don't think about your homework. I'm failing at it thus far, but I've got some time.
I hope that your week has been as beautiful as mine and that the days will get progressively more beautiful for all of us. And remember to do something that I fail at: take time out to breathe. That's the best advice you can take. Enjoy.