"Green is the color of so many ordinary things," is a line from a song. On this lovely April day, I am looking out the window at an explosion of green. Spring has arrived early and enthusiastically this year and my favorite colors, green, are out in abundance. There is a patch of woods across the field from our house, and as the trees leaf out they display a portion of the range of this color; the grass in our yard and even the weeds in the field show this same talent for variation. I love that there are so many shades of green. It's as if every plant shouts, "I am alive! I am unique." My own enthusiasm for life is regenerated by the return of spring. Each year I am impatient to get the flowers and veggies started and watch the first sprouts come through the ground. When I was growing up on the farm, the year truly did begin in the spring. Planting season was the start of everything we would do. Hours spent on a tractor watching the black shining earth turn up behind the plow were satisfying in a way that few if any of the work activities that I pursued in later life could match. I guess the point I'm trying to make here is one I have offered before: Enjoy the world around you. Things that are often ignored or dismissed as unimportant, like the variations in shades of green, can provide an ongoing pleasure and satisfaction equal to more exciting or dramatic experiences. You don't have to be riding a roller coaster to be having a good time. A quiet bicycle ride can be a pleasure too.