Dr. Allen is co-founder and publisher of Women’s Voices for Change.
Last month, in honor of Jon Stewart, we challenged our readers to bring some change—however minimal—into their lives. A dozen of our contributors responded, with attitudes ranging from “ENOUGH with change!” to “Desperation is a great motivator.”
Our theme for April is more of an invitation than a challenge: What do you plan to do to welcome April, the stand-in for the concept of spring? We in New York City, jaded as we are, have long given up on spring’s delivering, on the official date of arrival, anything but cold weather and threats of snow. But April brings more than showers here. New York really begins to bloom in the tender month.
Here are a few of my welcome-spring plans:
- Easter service at my church, the Church of the Heavenly Rest, on Fifth Avenue, with its beautiful music and much-beloved service, followed by lunch at the Carlyle with the family. We do this every year.
Image from Flickr via Charley Lhasa (Creative Commons License)
- Taking a long, appreciative walk in Central Park to enjoy the Yoshino cherry trees that line the east side of the Reservoir. These trees have luscious flowers that appear from mid to late April. The original trees were presented as a gift to the United States by Japan in 1912, and the feel of the park near these trees reminds me of gardens in Tokyo during spring.
Manolo Blahnik BB Patent Pointed-Toe Pump, Yellow
- Refusing to wear black for a month. This is a hard decision for a New Yorker, but I need color in my wardrobe. I now own new Manolo Blahnik bright yellow patent heels.
- Being one of the first to ride on the Carousel in Central Park. I do this every April, even without a child.
Image from Flickr via oliver.dodd (Creative Commons License)
- Planning an afternoon date with The Husband on Central Park Lake in a Venetian gondola, sharing a delicious picnic from EAT. It is our 20th wedding anniversary this month!
- Wearing a turquoise necklace and earrings for mood and complexion enhancement.
- Having the Saturday morning New York Times and coffee on the roof garden of my apartment building.
- Exercising more, because the threat of upper-arm exposure is coming with warmer weather.
- Dinner at the Oyster Bar on the lower level of Grand Central for Shad and Shad Roe is a must in April.
- April is National Poetry Month, and I will look forward with great anticipation to Poetry Sunday and its gift to us each week.
What do you do to welcome spring? We’d especially like to hear about the pleasures of the season in other parts of the country than our headquarters city, New York.
You can simply put your comments in the Comments section of this post or send an essay to email@example.com. Put APRIL INVITATION in the subject line.
Note to our Midwestern Correspondent: Diane, is it ever spring in Minnesota?