The frogs knew it before we did. Warmer weather is coming. They’ve been singing about it for at least a month. You have to time it just right to hear this annual spring time evening serenade.
If you’re lucky enough to get a red light and have to sit at the intersection after dark, roll down your window and listen.While I’m sure there are frogs elsewhere in Bellevue, my favorite spot to enjoy their springtime concerts isn’t a well-known lake or stream. It is a drainage pond in Eastgate, by Interstate 90. I’m probably aware of this spot because my parents live in Issaquah and we frequently come home in the early evening and take 156th Avenue exit off the freeway.
The frogs are singing their message of joy – probably an amorous spring song if I knew frog talk – loud enough that you can hear them over the hum of freeway traffic.
We’re so fortunate Mother Nature doesn’t give up easily. There are business parks, car dealers, fast food franchises, a gas station and a hotel within a block of this little corner filled with cat tails and other wetland plants. There are whizzing cars on I-90 adding pollutants to the air and the ground. And yet if you take a moment to observe, you’ll find ducks and geese and red-winged blackbirds. If you take a minute to listen, you’ll hear a symphony of frogs. We are indeed blessed.
Good to Know: The held its Egg-straordinary Egg Hunt Sunday. While this great place to play helps children develop their imagination, my mind doesn’t need any help imagining how difficult it is to fill the 5,000 plastic eggs needed for the event. That’s a task I wouldn’t want.
Neither do the staff at the Museum.
Turns out they don’t need to! In this case the Easter Bunny has extraordinary help said KidsQuest spokeswoman Catherine Springman. She said the KidsQuest eggs come from an exceptional organization called Sunny Bunny in Springfield, Missouri. Sunny Bunny employs disabled adults who fill the plastic eggs.
“KidsQuest is proud to support this innovative and socially responsible non-profit organization,” Springman said. “Parents who enjoyed watching their children at our egg hunt can feel good knowing they helped support some fabulous people.”
Summer Plans: By the way, even though spring is barely blooming here, it is time to think about summer camps. KidsQuest has some fun-sounding ones. Go to http://www.kidsquestmuseum.org/
Ditto the at this link.
And the Bellevue Parks and Recreation at this link.
One Last Grin: And for all of us who worked on our income tax this weekend, enjoy this quote from humorist Will Rogers: “Income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf.”