May is wonderful for many reasons:
- May 1st is the official publication date of Behind Green Glass. Yesterday I brought a few copies to the St. Lawrence Arts Council gift shop. They have so many clever creations by local artists!
- The ice cream shop next to my library has opened for the summer.
- Theoretically, I will be able to plant my garden soon. (So far, there still have been nightly frost warnings in the North Country). This year I am growing: zucchini, Roma tomatoes, cilantro, peas, wax beans and strawberries.
- Isabel Allende has a new novel, Island Beneath the Sea. Reading this novel has been a strange experience. Within the pages, Haiti’s 18th century Revolution is occurring—incredibly dark times. When I set the book down, I see all the loveliness of spring—green in every shade, the vanilla and pink blossoms of the crab apple and cherry trees. I feel fortunate to be so far removed from the story that Allende tells in this novel. I am astounded and inspired by Allende’s vivid prose once again.
- Summer, my favorite season, is just around the corner. Soon I’ll have sandy toes from the beach, bratwurst and fried bread dough at the summer festival, camping at a friend’s wedding, fairs and amusement parks to visit. I can’t wait.