Yukio Mishima wrote a beautiful book called Spring Snow. I read it long ago. It was a story of unrequited love. The book came to mind over the past month as I looked longingly at my disc golf bag. It had been a few weeks since I had ventured out into the tundra with my bag. I recalled days spent with that bag on my back walking through verdant fields and throwing brightly colored circles into the sky. Of course, the second book in that trilogy was called Runaway Horses and dealt with ritual suicide. Too often my days in those verdant fields resembled the subject matter of Runaway Horses as I take endless shots on seemingly easy holes. That is the subject of another blog post and one of the things I am going to work on this year.
The upper midwest has started to thaw. Still, we have had plenty of Spring Snow. The Picture above was taken two weeks ago at Anna Page in Rockford. That will be the site of an A tier in September. The course was in great condition and not too muddy. There were lots of local players out that day. For a few joyous hours I could pretend I wasn't in Illinois. A week later a half foot of snow fell in the area. Today Anna Page is likely clear again but a little muddier. Such is the up and down, in and out, snow and mud of Spring in these here parts. Last Sunday a friend was putting at The Oaks in Mokena. He made the putt. Afterwards he said that had he extended his pre-putt routine any longer that he would have had to re aim. He was sinking. It was drizzling and kind of muddy. Hey, the tee pads were clear and there was no snow. We are thankful for the basics.
Its the time of the year to move from tragedy (Mishima) to comedy (Allen Sherman). The latter part of the song "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda" shows the homesick camper getting used to his surrounding,s "...its stopped raining...things are better" Same here. I am now getting out to muddy but playable courses Next week I have a lesson scheduled with our local pro on a day where it might get up to 70 degrees. Spring must be here in Chicago, both the Cubs and Sox have already lost two games!