By Paula @ Holiday World

It’s a shame we’re not open this month.

Now that’s a dangerous statement to make 29 days before opening. Everyone is focused on getting rides ready to go, employees trained, new stuff publicized and advertised. Lots of painting and cleaning to do. Time is of the essence. Tempus fugit.

Nerves can get frazzled.

As an aside, this is when Mrs. Koch’s sense of humor kicks into high gear. I think it’s her background in nursing kicking in. We may get a little rattled, but she’s there to tease and kid around. And a good belly laugh doesn’t hurt a bit.

In April, the Bradford Pear trees are in bloom in the park. The dogwoods aren’t out yet, nor are the redbuds. The first sign that spring is really here is those pretty trees. (Thus ends my knowledge of trees. I think I could recognize a maple leaf and the bark off a birch tree, but that’s it. Heaven help me if we ever decide to open an Arbor Day section!)

Bradford Pear tree in Holiday World

All it will take is one blustery storm and the lovely white blossoms will swirl to the ground. Our last snow storm before opening. And blossoms don’t conveniently melt as snow does. It’s one more clean-up process.

Every spring, I think how it’s a shame our Guests don’t get to see our lovely Bradford Pear trees.

So here’s a look. Springtime is in the air today … and our last snowfall is not far away.

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