Budbreak in the vineyards arrived especially late this year in Sonoma County. In my hobby vineyard, which is located in the cooler climate of the Petaluma Gap – just like SSU, the first pale green buds with their pink tips did not burst forth until Sunday, April 3! That is two weeks later than the past seven years! But since March was one of the rainiest months on record this year, I can understand why the vines waited until April.
On campus everyone seems very pleased that the sun has finally come out again. We’ve had a few warm days in the 70’s (F) which caused the students to flock to outdoor tables, chairs, and the lawn to grab some rays of sun. Shorts and flip flops are now familiar sights on campus again. More importantly, April brings Spring Break – which is late this year (the third week) – and everyone looks forward to a relaxing week off.
In gratitude and celebration of the sun’s return and the beginning of a new harvest, I jotted down the following lines:
When the dark barren branches of the vineyard
push forth their pale green buds
joy surges through my heart.
For I know Spring has returned,
and with it Hope of warmth and sun.
I raise of glass of wine in anticipation
of the new harvest that has begun
to stir in the Spring vines.