In case you somehow missed it, spring just kicked open the ol’ saloon doors and dragged winter out by its thieving, crooked coattails.
And the town rejoices.
Now that the temperature has finally stabilized warmly (and truly, it is only in Idaho that you fully understand how much temperature stabilization is key to your immediate happiness) and everyone is enjoying the sunshine, it’s time for another installment of “What My Facebook Friends Are Doing Without Me.”
I spend my springs essentially the same as I spend my winters: quietly. I don’t like to leave the confines of temperature control, I don’t like activities, and I don’t like fun. No, wait. I love fun. Of course I love fun. I just mean that I am but a humble introvert and thusly I like to horde my happiness away like a miser or a cool dragon. That means that I am a terrible person to model your life around. But I just so happened to be friends with a lot of people who happened to be exceptional at being in real life.
So follow their examples, they know what they are doing.
Sit in the grass. First up, the one that confuses me most. I see it all the time, and it still unsettles me. People just sit in the grass. They literally just sit there, doing nothing. Sometimes people sit next to them and do nothing as well. My initial reaction to the phenomenon was that it was some sort of Marxist cabal, but I think I was just trying to make myself feel better about the fact that maybe sometimes people just… sit…outside…for fun. It just doesn’t make sense, readers. It just doesn’t make sense.
Sports. Yeah, I got nothing on this one either. But it looks like fun?
Frisbee. If I had a dollar for every time I got hit in the head by a Frisbee on the way to class, I’d have exactly zero dollars. But if I had a dollar for every time I thought I was going to be hit in the head by a Frisbee on my way to class, I’d have like 458 dollars.
Hand out free stuff. Now, the first and foremost lesson everyone learns day one of their freshman year is that colleges are just dying to hand out free stuff. All of our tuition must go into making pressed tee’s and lanyards (I’m kidding! Please don’t fire me). In particular, spring seems to be prime time for these. The best school-sponsored events are in spring and each and every one of them is going to have stuff for you take home for free. I’m literally wearing a shirt I got during Respect Week right this second.
Visit Treefort. While most parts of Idaho remain stubbornly stuck in the 1800s, Boise remains one of the foremost hipster capitols in the country. With that comes Treefort, the city’s annual musical festival that is slowly picking up national attention. Last year, during my stint as an intern for Boise Weekly, I had the distinct honor of interviewing the director of Filmfort (Treefort’s newest addition, a mini-film festival held in conjunction with the other events). Treefort is a way of life for some people and when it rolled around this weekend, everyone seemed to be there.
Go to the beach. Forget that Idaho is 300 miles inland. Beaches are a frame of mind. According to the plethora of beach selfies (belfies, I believe they are called) I saw this weekend, all you need is an artisanal scarf.
Get sentimental. Above all else, spring is a time for hope. Spring is the knowledge that there is always going to be something new, something to go boldly towards. And that’s beautiful and important and everyone likes to feel beautiful and important. It’s the end of the year; people are starting to gear up for the long goodbyes of summer, so we’re all a little sappy. But that’s okay. Go team.
Until next week,
Ashley is junior Creative Writing major from Payette, Idaho