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Friday, March 16, 2012

There's a Gazebo Out Here?!?!

After a February hiatus due to... well winter I suppose, we're finally back on track in Fieldcrest and met on March 13th. But before I could even say, "Back in the saddle again," our fearless RFL decided on a change of scenery for our meeting. Beknownst to the residents, but unbeknownst to me, Fieldcrest is equipped with a one of a kind gazebo in a little fenced in yard, containing a couple of tables, chairs, and even a grill. I suddenly felt nostalgic for my undergrad dorm life: fraternity brothers standing around a grill burning through some cheap hamburgers, enjoying being outside, maybe even a game of sand volleyball... And it really came through in my sonnet. (Well, 14 line poem anyway-- we didn't worry about metric feet and rhyme schemes)

But strangely enough, Spring was not a joy to be had by all. Some dreaded the seasonal allergies more than the snow-ins, others were still recovering from Fieldcrest's novelty field trip on Monday to a local dairy farm, or maybe it was still a bit of a "hangover" from the time change over the weekend. Whatever it was, I felt a bit solitary in my joy for spring and while we had some good pseudo-sonnets, we also had some rather serious cases of "writer's block." And while I enjoyed this quality time in the beautiful outdoors nurturing young minds in the art of creative writing, I got the impression we should have had nap time before our workshop. *sniffle of sadness mixed with hay fever*

Maybe what really happened here was that we were skeptical of this beautiful weather... waiting for it to suddenly be 30 degrees again and threatening snow, followed by sunny and 65 the next day. Either way, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature, and I would like to be on the record telling her, "Hey, these kids have it hard enough as it is. Take it easy on them...

Let's hope Mother Nature is nicer to us all in the meantime before our next meeting on April 17th. Tune in next time: same bat-time, same bat-channel!

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