Hope springs anew

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It never gets old.
No matter how many times you’ve lived through it, spring fever and all that comes with it is such an invigorating phenomenon. It represents new life, a season of hope and a palpable explosion of energy that spreads smiles as wide as the morning horizon.
Signs of the season were everywhere this past week. The older I get, the more I notice those little seasonal mile markers, both individually and as a collective whole.
Farmers are chomping at the bit to get fields ready for planting. The soil looks so good, with a deep brown hue and decent moisture readings hinting of a promising season ahead. There’s an almost giddy sense of opportunity in the air as producers wait for the calendar’s green light to pluck those seeds deep in the soil.
On a much smaller scale, Paula and I tilled her small garden this week, giving that same sensation of anticipation. Paula is the green thumb in our family, no doubt about it, but I do enjoy getting my hands dirty in the yard. There is just something therapeutic about going green with Mother Nature to create and maintain a space that grounds you in more ways than one.
Big Red football was also in the spotlight with Saturday’s spring game. Husker Nation is always ready for an early look at next year’s team, though the arrival of a new coach, who brings a refreshing new attitude to the program, pushed the excitement level up a notch or three. Several area players are vying for playing time next fall, which gives local fans even more skin in the game.
And for golf fans, The Masters unfolded this weekend on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National, where the season’s first major has welcomed spring in all its glory for the past 79 years. That combination of great golf action, stunning spring colors and history in the making lifts my energy level like little else can.
May you find the extra spring in your step this week. If only we could bottle that precious sensation and take a healthy dose as needed throughout the year.
Kurt Johnson

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