Spring Fever, Michigan Style

Dwija and her family moved to Michigan from California just 8 months ago, and she is getting her first taste of what spring fever in Michigan is like. She shares her feelings of excitement and anticipation with us in this Pure Michigan Blog Post – feelings that Michiganders can certainly relate to.

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want- oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~Mark Twain

It has been just eight months since we arrived here in Michigan with our four kids and a car full of dreams. Eight months of adventure and discovery and joy. But this…this is different. There is a giddiness in the air, my friends. Pure giddiness! The children can feel it. The dogs can feel it. Those chirpy birds and that croaky frog and most especially this very high-strung girl can all FEEL the glorious approach of spring. We can smell it. We can see it in the sky and hear it in the wind. It is so magical in our tiny corner of this incredible world that I can barely stay in my skin!

Flickr photo credit: HouseUnseen

February Morning in Michigan

Oh yes, I do know that real spring is just beginning, but do you realize what that means? It means we get weeks and weeks of this! This anticipation of new life and new growth and new things. This revealing of things that we’d forgotten were there and the unveiling of things we didn’t even know we had. And today, along with all that, came a truly uplifting revelation: this part of the season, in all its rapid change and absolute wonder and threat of chaos, this is what I was made for. The restlessness and doldrums that come from a changeless sky and all its seasonal predictability are, quite happily, a thing of the past. What we are enjoying in the air all around us is a feeling of all-things-are-possible. This transition from winter to spring is what my entire life has been about.

Flickr photo credit: Sandra Karg

Spring Flowers in Michigan - coming soon!

Before now, in all those grown-up years spent in southern California, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. If I did, I’m fairly sure I wouldn’t have been able to stand being without it, and now that I do, I’m certain I can never let it go. Give me these cool, gusty winds and that soggy, fertile soil. Rejoice with me in the brisk days and the cool nights and the planning and preparation and anticipation. Let me revel in the prospect of a new world bounding forth all round me. My heart has finally found itself amid all the rugged beauty of this seasonal uncertainty. This place, this feeling, is my Michigan.

DwijaDwija Borobia and her husband bought a house sight-unseen off the internet and moved with their four children from California to Michigan in July of 2010. She writes a blog about their homesteading adventures at House Unseen, and tweets from @dwijaB. In their free time, they entertain their three dogs and produce family vlogs which you can watch on their YouTube page.

  • Gail

    I did the opposite of you: grew up in Michigan and moved to California as an adult. You describe the feelings of Spring so well. Now I am homesick. Enjoy the awesome changes in weather and the beauty of Michigan. I’m happy for you and your family.

  • http://www.houseunseen.blogspot.com -dweej

    Hi Gail! I know your feeling of homesickness must be bittersweet. Thank you for your kind words. Don’t forget- Michigan is always here for you if you’re ever able to come back for a visit. They say April’s pretty great too…but I don’t have to tell you that :)

  • Terry

    No “golden hills” here! Enjoy how the greens, so intense, change hues through the summer into the fall and the difference in, purposefulness of the behavior of the surrounding creatures.

  • Erik

    I don’t think I could have described it better myself! You have become a true Michigander! (doesn’t take long dose it)

  • http://www.terigenovese.com/blog teri

    i loved reading this post! i was born and raised in Michigan, but lived in Los Angeles for nearly 5 years. we just moved back to Michigan this past fall and i didn’t realize how much i missed the feeling you described. the anticipation of spring fills me with child-like joy and wonder – it’s so worth the wait through the sleepy winter.

  • http://www.houseunseen.blogspot.com -dweej

    Teri, it’s great to hear that you’re enjoying your return home as well :)

    p.s. Beautiful photos! You’re so talented.

  • http://www.inwomenwetrust.com Mary

    Michigan 40, Minnesota 10, SoCal 8… I describe my life here as living inside a mall where it’s always the same with only the changing decorations to let you know that another month has gone by. Many say it’s “perfect” weather. I say it’s perfectly boring. Say hi to the peepers and the redwing blackbirds for me.

  • http://www.houseunseen.blogspot.com -dweej

    Your analogy is very insightful, Mary! I’ll be sure to give a shout out to all the birds in the morning just for you :)