Ah, spring in Oregon: Sunshine, rain, hail—sometimes all at once. The sun peeks out and thoughts turn to shorts and long, lazy days by the river.
The warmth disappears behind a cloud bank, and suddenly it’s jackets and sweaters again. But then purpley crocuses emerge, closely followed by a rainbow of camellia blooms. Soon Oregon’s prettiest natives, rhododendrons and azaleas, explode in a symphony of color. On campus, studies and tests are foremost as the academic year draws to a close. And the seniors, years of work now nearly behind them, prepare for life’s next phase, soon to scatter like so many seedpods lilting in the wind.
Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
–Hans Christian Andersen