now the sun rides higher in the skies, days get longer and warmer. leaves sprout on bare branches. grass begins to green and grow, flower departments, have summer flowers, as if to show us what to expect. we attended a two-year old's birthday party. ice cream all over his face, loving it! then his first bicycle. legs too short to reach the ground, so his dad had to push the bike. a tired dad stopped pushing, and a young voice chirped "again!" signs of springtime!