Week #14 – Spring
Week 14. Spring. What was spring like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.
Spring meant we could be outside more, playing in the yard or riding my bicycle, the snow would be all gone and no yard work yet. Spokane is actually in a very dry valley, but our moisture comes as snow in the winter and quite a lot of rain in the spring and a very dry summer. Now I know a lot of places a lot of rain means inches of rain in a day, but Spokane gets around 15 inches during the whole year, so a big rain in the spring is a half an inch and it takes a whole day to get that much, most days are closer to a few tenths of an inch. Mid May is our average last frost day, so by then we would be getting the garden ready for planting. I would help my grandmother with her small garden and then when summer comes we start eating a lot of fresh vegetables and start canning.
As a child I remember the school days changing for a long lunch hour in the spring and we could go home for lunch if we lived close, and I did.