Once upon a time, there was a young UMass coed from Westie whose definition of Spring Break meant only one thing – pahtay-pahtay-pahtay – most times in Boston, of course (the Ark/Lucifer’s/Copperfield’s – can you remember?) BUT if you had saved your bucks – you made the 26 hour drive to – where else – Fort Lauderdale, USA - home of The Button -Big Daddy’s - convertibles and confusion - topped off by the endless promenade of cars and kids – the magic insanity of Spring Break.
Fast forward a WHOLE lot of years, and Spring Break becomes your worst nightmare, since as a parent you KNEW what went on during Spring Break and your precious little dumplings, a.k.a. the next generation of UMass coeds are off to the wilds of – hmmmm Ireland? the Dominican? Savannah?
Well we all survived, and the little dumplings are gainfully employed and flown from the nest, and I am still with my date from Spring Break all those years ago in Lauderdale… (note to all – Smart Fort Lauderdale has since kicked out the heathens of yesteryear, (us) and on a recent visit – we graying baby boomers had a much different (read: tamer) time on Los Olas Boulevard!)
Spring Break also means Spring – and in New England and Westie, we are currently suffering from a massive outbreak of Spring Fever, despite a rather whimpy and not very challenging winter. Bah! I said, and Tomato seeds were planted in their little pots, AND in the beauty of a 71 (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?) degree March day, I recklessly planted the baby herbs in their pots as well. Oregano, Basil, Cilantro and Chives – the sounds of a summer salad. ( What a wild thing we have evolved into!!)
And, as it was many moons ago – my “must haves” included a black 2 piece and a bottle of Bain de Soleil for my trek south, today – my “must haves” come from Jay the mailman as I covet my mail delivery – waiting for the new arrival of heirloom seeds, building a dream vision of my lush and green summer garden. A far cry from the Button, yes, but that’s ok too. (AND, I Curse the savvy marketeer who invented Amazon Prime, btw!!)
Enjoy my friends – Summah’s coming!