Suddenly the streets were filled with kids playing basketball, bicyclists riding in twos and threes, laughing and giggling as they passed under leafless trees, making their way down to the beach. It was as if everyone just woke up, bright eyed and eager. I spent my sunny day outside with my kids working in the yard. The dogs rolled around in the grass and chased squirrels while we dug up bulbs and moved them from the front of the house where they were imperiled by construction, to a safer spot in the back. We were dirty and sweating, and it felt marvelous. There's just something amazing that happens when springtime finally hits, and what we see in the birds and squirrels, the groundhogs and bunnies, we can feel it inside ourselves as well. Life feels lighter, brighter, and full of endless possibility.
As we all awaken from our winter slumber, August & Scout is awakening, too. We have introduced our new Edi-Bowls. A wonderfully tasty and healthy bowl of happiness made from acai or coconut puree, blended to the consistency of soft serve sorbet and topped with house baked granola, fruit, and honey. As we worked out the recipes in the dead of winter, we named each after a Manasquan beach, helping us remember that winter is temporary, and soon spring will come to usher in sunny days and sandy feet. We have also opened our spring Artist In Residence show. A series of paintings, drawing and photographs titled She Does Not Speak by performance artist Oleariam, a local whose parents are regular customers of the bakery (she now lives on my old West Village block in New York City, such kismet!) Her paintings are ethereal, in colors that beckon spring, and her photographs are a reflection of youth and possibility. The opening on Saturday seemed to send the rain and cold running, overtaken by the warm laughter and creativity that pushed out of the shop and into the misty street.
We know April will be full of rain. And that's okay because it will be the kind of rain that turns the grass green and pulls the leaves from slumbering trees. Spring has arrived. There's no turning back. She's here to walk us steadily towards summer, bringing with her morning bird songs and flowering crocus'. Can't wait to see all of you out in the neighborhood!