We lived in VA for 5 and a half years. Rich worked in DC in three different departments during our time there. When we first came to the DC area it was winter. Everything was brown, and dead. It was miserably cold. This CA Girl did not know cold until she lived there. I know cold. Cold and I are not good friends. I was devastated by my new surroundings. What had I done? I was the one who encouraged my husband to sign up for the opening of Homeland Security. It would present a lot of great opportunities, I said. What was I thinking?? Dragging myself 3,000 miles from the home I love. And yet, there I was in the most desolate place I had ever laid eyes on.
A few weeks later, something amazing happened. Something I had never seen in all my years. All of a sudden things were coming to life. The trees had leaves, and some had flowers. It was literally "springing" to life right before my eyes. See, in Southern CA it's not that there are no blooms. There are many. And the trees are green, but there are only two seasons here: summer and not summer. There are no real distinctions. Not like this.
Also, living in the DC we were right next door(practically) to the Cherry Blossom festival. In our five and a years there, we only attempted to go once. I say attempted because the year we went, it was bitterly cold. Kristin would have been six and Emily 3. We got there in good time, and after we oriented ourselves upon exciting the Metro station, we began our trek in the city. However, it was bitterly cold. It was about 20 degrees outside with a windchill factor of about 10. It was hurtin' cold. The girls were crying and we were miserable. So without ever actually going, we did an about face, and headed home.
At home, we had our own festival. We had a picnic in the comfort of our nice warm living room. The girls made their own cherry trees with construction paper and pom poms. And we took a short walk around our own neighborhood to look at the blooming trees
Making Cherry Trees