It’s April, and spring has sprung. The daffodils and tulips have popped out to say hello.

Seriously, I swear those flowers whispered to me, “Diane, forget about the quarantine. We are here to cheer you up. Smile, and get busy!”

So I have.

When I started to weed the lawn, I noticed some buds on our lilac bush. I love lilacs!

My mom and her dad, my grandfather, grew lilacs. When I think of lilacs, I drift home to Pennsylvania.

I picture the huge lilac bushes in my parents’ back yard. They were purple and white. Both bushes had been transplanted from my grandfather’s farm.

The aroma of my budding lilacs was so powerful that the smell carried me onto the farm, where I was playing with cousins, canning vegetables, chasing chickens, and swimming in the creek.

Enough daydreaming, I have things to do.

Last week, the temperature shot up to 80 degrees. Thinking I was running late, I turned on the air conditioner and scheduled it to be serviced.

I also boxed up the winter clothes and washed the heavy coats and boots.

A day later, I put the shovels away and got out the rake and lawn mower. I also shelved the rock salt and pulled out the weed and feed.

While feeding the lawn, I noticed that the trees needed trimmed and the windows washed. Mom always told me to use vinegar and water to clean the windows.

I needed to get busy, because we had arrived to springtime.

Then we all know what happens every year. Within two days, the temperature dropped from 70 to 28 degrees and my house was freezing.

Was I in too much of a rush? Do I turn the heat back on, or pull out the winter clothes?

Never mind, I’ll just find some old socks.

You know, we are always in such a hurry. We need to slow down and enjoy.

George Washington Carver stated: “Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.”

We do live in a beautiful world, and nature does talk to us.

I have lived in the South, with the warm year-round summer climate. I have likewise, lived in the North Country, in the cold mountainous region.

But I think Missouri is the best. We have hot and cold. We have white, green, and floral.

The weather does change from day to day in Missouri. But I believe that is what makes us so unique and beautiful.

When we moved to Missouri, I often heard, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a day.” We need to learn to wait. We need to slow down and enjoy each day.

Years ago, on “60 Minutes” Andy Rooney stated, “We’re doing a lot of complicated things in the world these days and we’re doing them too fast. Something’s got to be done about the passage of time. It’s got to be slowed down. The days, the weeks, the months and the years go by too fast. Our lives go by too fast.”

We’re always hurrying time along by looking forward to things tomorrow instead of enjoying today.”

I suppose that is my April message.

Take a deep breath. Smell the lilacs. Sit down, and slow down.

Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County's Family Week Foundation. Email her at