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Chuck Hinman: It's Spring Again Chuck looks forward with great zest to spring with exciting spirit of an ageless Nebraska farm boy.
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By Chuck Hinman

It's Spring Again

Over the years, growing up on a Nebraska farm was a priceless education in "Life" with a capital "L," especially in the spring.

After a cold brutal winter, it seemed like an ideal time to start all over again from scratch. Trees were seen slowly putting on new leaves; the ground seemed to be waking up after a long winter's sleep with sprigs of green life here and there. Even farm animal life seemed to be "in" on this "new beginnings thing" with baby things springing up all over the place. It was like a giant symphony racing to a gorgeous climax with each instrument striving to outdo each other.

What can be more awesome than a thicket of wild plums bursting into bloom along a remote Nebraska roadside; or red-bud trees doing their special once a year thing; or a momma sow providing breakfast for her new litter of piglets including a precious runt. I think God created runts to make us smile and be encouraged by their aggressiveness when dinner is on the table.

Beware being caught up in the "cares" of living

Or who is so caught up in the "cares" of living that they don't have time to enjoy the first stuttering and uncertain steps of a newborn calf or horse with its mother joining you from a distance and agreeing -- "Isn't she (he) just precious?"

And that's just the beginning of spring. How could I forget the sighting of a coyote mother with her two pups hunting for cottontails out in the pasture.

Tragic death of a pet duck

And then there was the time when Mom succumbed and bought a darling baby duck at the dime store for my clamoring little sister Joy Ann, now in her eighties. I don't think anyone thought about what - in a few years - it would be like to have a pet duck tagging along on an important date.

As I remember that didn't become an issue because of the duck's tragic death. I believe I have this right that in sleeping in her "people bed" with her pet duck, the whole Hinman household was awakened to screams that Joy had inadvertently lain on her best friend and smothered her (him).

Still looking forward to spring

Many springs have come and gone, each seemingly more beautiful and inspiring as they unfolded day by day.

Isn't it exciting that after all these years I look forward with great zest to spring, maybe with clouded vision but with the same exciting spirit of an ageless Nebraska farm boy.

Thank you God for these priceless color-rich experiences and for the ability like that of an artist to share them with my many friends.

Written by Chuck Hinman. Emailed Saturday, 13 March 2010.

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