red maple flowers
Concord, Massachusetts, is about twelve miles closer to the coast than Boxborough, where I live. I went there over the weekend and was surprised. Spring has arrived in Concord. Winter still holds Boxborough in its icy grip. I still have snow behind my house. The weather forecast is for sleet and snow. Yet Concord' s trees are already blooming. Even their magnolias have opening buds. I feel as if I got a vacation from winter merely by driving a few miles down the road.