Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Helicopters In The Spring
Spring is here. Know how I can tell? The helicopters are flying.
My mother told us when we were little that the seeds from maple trees are helicopters. Then to demonstrate she tossed one into the air. It floated back to the ground spinning all the way. The tail on the seed looked for all the world like the blades of a helicopter.
So I have shown every child I know the helicopters in the spring. The drier they are the better they spin so it is still a little early for them to whirl like they should.
It is great fun to go into the yard on a nice warm day and toss them into the air. You can do one at a time or for a real experience take a handful and throw them up. You can watch a whole fleet of helicopters land in your yard.
My granddaughter took two hands full of the seeds to the second floor of the house. She tossed them out of the bedroom window. They caught a little updraft of air and rose blissfully up before lazily whirling gently to the ground. It was glorious.
Squirrels like these seeds to eat too. Imagine my amazement to open my front door to see a fat little squirrel having breakfast eating my helicopters. Even when I opened the door it just sat there munching away.
So now we know that spring is truly here.