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Bonnie Bing: Time to anticipate summer and all the joys it brings

Spring is a season of anticipation.

Students, regardless of age, can’t wait to get those tests over with while anticipating days without studying. Kids anticipate sleeping late. They anticipate hot days when they’ll swim until their fingertips look like prunes.

The anticipation of traveling, whether it’s near or far, is part of the fun of going places.

Gardeners anticipate blooms and/or vegetables as they dig in the earth and plant. Will it be a good year for tomatoes? Think of that first bacon with rich red, vine-ripened tomato sandwich!

Will the zinnias do as well as last year? Wait until that window box overflows with blossoms.

Avid readers are piling up books anticipating great reads poolside, on a plane or at home when it’s too hot to do anything else.

We tend to think of Memorial Day as the kick-off for summer. It’s really not until June 21. That’s good because we can think about all the fun that’s ahead and stock up on sunscreen.

It’s spring: time to anticipate wonderful weather and good things. I have to agree with Andy Warhol, who said, “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.”

Albert Camus said, “We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.”

Since he says it’s “sweet pain,” he must be talking about looking forward to something such as the return of a loved one from war, a long-awaited wedding date, the senior prom or graduation.

We know, however, some anticipation isn’t sweet at all, and that’s when it spills over into the category of worry. We have to be aware, and yes we have to anticipate the possibility of bad things happening, but it’s far better to anticipate positive aspects of life. It’s been said many times that if you are constantly anticipating that something bad may happen tomorrow, you lose what is happening today.

With a myriad of distractions it is more and more difficult to be present, to not worry, to not be bogged down, which is yet another reason we need things to look forward to with sweet anticipation.

As a good example, think of a child’s anticipation of a birthday or Christmas, of going on a trip, or a play date with a buddy. They are excited from the time they know they’re about to do something fun until it finally happens. They may drive you crazy asking how many more days and wanting every detail of the event, but they are already experiencing part of the fun.

Samuel Johnson says, “We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.”

Let’s take a breath and anticipate the new season and the many pleasures it offers to all our senses.

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