OPINION: Change of season puts spring in step
COMMENT BY SAMI MUIRHEAD: MY three-year-old daughter was devastated when we were driving home from Kindergym this week and the streets of Maroochydore were not lined with flowers - not a bee or a butterfly to be seen.
I think in her head, she expected Wises Rd to resemble a floral mardi gras.
That was what I had kept telling her spring would bring - flowers festooning the ground, a riot of baby animals being born and everyone having a little extra joy in their step.
My little girl thought literally on the first day of spring the colourful chaos would commence. She looked excitedly out of the window and was heartbroken to see the streets were the same boring black bitumen and there was not a single bloom on our regular route along Sugar Rd. Bless!
I had to explain that spring will unfold her glory gently over the next few weeks.
Here on the Coast I have always felt we mark the season change with a sense of excitement in the air as we leave behind our short, cold snap. You cannot see the season change but you can feel this momentum of happiness building. Something fabulous is about to burst, something priceless that we enjoy for free.
Kids are gearing up for nippers. We return to our beautiful beaches and swimming in our blue, salty ocean, and drip drying on the way to the car as we tiptoe on hot cement.
Summer on the Sunshine Coast means late barbecues after work, and early Sunday mornings playing on the beach with our families.
It means icy poles and mangoes, and prawns for special occasions. At barbecues it means drinking from big glasses swirling with white wine and ice cubes (that is a Queensland trait, I have been told) and cracking a chilled beer.
It means short shorts and sticky nights swatting mosquitoes.
We will take trips to the hinterland to swim in the cool waterfalls and drive to Noosa and sigh at the paradise where we live as we pity the tourists who have to pay thousands for a week in our shoes.
We will walk along Point Cartwright and just feel calmer with the ebb and flow of the river, and meet our mates for fish and chips at Caloundra.
Winter, you have fattened us up and we have enjoyed resting in our cocoons, but our family sure is ready to bounce out of our home and embrace spring on the Sunshine Coast.