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I’m an indoorsy kind of person, except for in the spring months. Here in Virginia, the mosquitoes will soon be out for blood, it will be oppressively hot and humid, and I’ll retreat to my natural habitat: the Great Air-Conditioned Indoors. But springtime in Virginia is so rapturously beautiful, that I am irresistibly drawn outside. It’s a spectacular party that goes on for weeks, where I keep running into old friends that I haven’t seen in ages.
You made it!
I’m so glad you could come!
It was a terrible winter, wasn’t it?
But you look fabulous!
Oh, hi! Did you just get here?
Hey, Gorgeous! I’ve missed you! I have someone I want you to meet!
You guys are going to LOVE each other!
Those colors are amazing on you!
Oh good! I was hoping I’d run into you here!
I’m so glad you showed up! I wasn’t sure you were going to make it after that crazy winter we had!
How have you been, dear friend? It’s been way too long!
I’m so glad you decided to come! it wouldn’t have been the same without you!
Hooray! You’re here! And you’re wearing my favorite perfume!
I’ve been dying to see you! I’m so glad we finally get to spend some time together!
Can I get you a drink?
Oh, there you are! I’ve been looking all over for you!
Even the uninvited guests are charming in their own way…
Oh, you came…and you brought aaaaall your friends, too!
It’s been a difficult week…May we all find peace and solace in nature.
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
William Shakespeare, As You Like It