Spring’s Children

Pure Season children can be the epitomes of their Season personality. They have not yet learned to temper some of their strong characteristics. They are not diluted by the blending with another Season that makes for a thousand unpredictable mixtures. True Spring is sometimes very random, laughter that bursts out, changes in subject you can’t keep up with. Others are optimistic. They will see the bright side but can be very quiet and reserved.

Spring Children

The party children. Playful, silly, unpredictable. Would shoot Grandma with a water cannon and say they were only aiming for her walker. As 2 year olds, it takes a lot of extended family to keep them alive.

Favorite topic is themself, whose isn’t, but they will talk about anything. Go to the bathroom and get a drink before this child gets going because they do not turn off easily. Grownups that can talk for a long time often have a Spring+Summer mix, because Summer might start out quiet, but they have a lot they’d like to share. If the story comes out in a timeline, they have a bigger sprinkle of Summer’s fairy dust. If there are many twinkly smiles and jokes, not taking anything too seriously, and really rather be moving than talking, possibly a bigger dab of Spring.

Do not get hung up on every little emotional upheaval.

Will play any game at any time with anybody. No rules? No problem. Who needs them? Staying on task to complete a chore? Now, that may be a problem.

Will stand in a spotlight with a bucket on their head if it gets laughs. Laughs and applause is even better.

Photo: ColinBroug

 

Will get caught behind the couch at Christmas eating candies with the cousins he talked into joining him. He will squeal and take off to commence the next antic, like eating his brother’s pet fish. Who can get angry with such a happy kid?

Has trouble choosing. Do not ask which of 4 kinds of juice she wants unless you plan to be there awhile or are willing to give her some of each.

Walk in a pouring rainstorm? Sure! Might meet a bear? Great!! Pirates? Better!! They will be friendly bears and pirates in this optimistic and imaginative mind.

Do not need every kid to agree. Whatever floats your boat. Would prefer not to be told what to do in return. Can dig in their heels with the best of them.

Spring finds reasons to get along. If things get tense, they’ll make a joke. Summer will soothe and facilitate. Others might put up their dukes.

Photo: Ayla87

 

If anyone will break down the Season stereotypes, it will be Spring. Her iris pattern won’t always follow the rules. Her character may be very gentle and quiet, yet still brimming delight. Her hair might be blonde but it’s usually medium brown. Eyebrows may be darker than you expect.

With optimism are bundled hope and faith. She is not a skeptic, a cynic, a pessimist, or a logician. The world would feel better to her as a simple place where faith sustains and guides, traits to honour and express openly.

She holds the most beautiful attributes of the Forrest Gump character, to me a movie that was not about handicaps of any sort. It was about never giving in to bitterness. Forrest knew in his heart that honesty, unwaivering intention, and compassion simplify life. He knew that IQ, success, and kindness are not prerequisites of one another.

Bright Spring is the Valentine’s Day box of chocolates. More glitz, bigger show, great flash, still delicious, lots of sweet centers. It crinkles and pops right back into shape. Too delicate to survive a year in storage, just won’t come out the same, very in the moment.

Smiles easily and with genuine pleasure at greeting or interacting with people, even as adults. This is a trait often seen in Spring men. You see their teeth much more often than men from other Seasons.

Everything about life is nothing short of miraculous. Perhaps most awesome is the body’s and our planet’s capacity for healing and renewal. Spring embodies this most extra-ordinary and wondrous gift.

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29 thoughts on “Spring’s Children”

  1. Christine,
    Thank you for another beautifully written and evocative post. As a True Spring, I found your words very comforting because they described so much about me. I realize not everyone fits the seasonal personality stereotypes, but I seem to. My husband, a True Winter, does too. I suppose it’s because as True Seasons, we get the full dose.

  2. Beautifully written Christine. I can’t help but feel you wrote this for me. (I’m sure that isn’t the case, but perhaps it is my self absorbed oneness coming out lol)

    You were so kind to me in answering my question on Facebook, and it started me on a whirlwind of research. This article helps me a LOT. Ah, I could tell some stories, but for now I will just say that I am seriously considering True Spring. I will HAVE to start a savings/vacation plan to get a draping by you, because that would be such an amazing gift to give myself and perhaps it is long overdue.

    Thank you again for such a beautiful and stunning visually charged post. I am feeling very at peace after reading it. :o) – (Don’t you think the big nose looks so much more like a muppet that way? It makes me happy!)

  3. The smilie didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, so that last statement didn’t make sense. Basically if you make a smilie face using an ‘o’ as the nose, it looks cute to me. Any way…. you can just ignore that last statement… :D

  4. this was a nice article christine.i hope you’ll make soon articles about autumn and summer children! :-)

  5. Great article. Can’t wait till you come out with an article on Summer Children :-D

  6. Thank you, Christine, for your delightful post about Spring children–and the Spring spirit. I know I’m not a True Spring, but I do believe I have some Spring influence. I identified so much with Rosie in the Ellen video! And I love Louis Armstrong singing What a Wonderful World–and anything else for that matter. He cheers me up much as you describe Spring lifting our spirits. Do you think he was a Spring? I feel the Season suits him. I love to watch him sing “Now You Has Jazz” with Bing Crosby (a Summer?) and “Hello, Dolly!” with Barbra Streisand (pretty sure she’s Autumn).

  7. The picture of “Spring windmills on an Autumn background” really is worth a thousand words! Very helpful to me – a rather reluctant Soft Autumn who’s always seeking the right colour to liven up what I see as my drab self.

    I’m looking forward to reading about “Autumn’s Children”.

    Regarding hair: What you say makes total sense, practically and emotionally. I’m SA, waist-length wavy hair with some strands almost straight, and others almost spiral curls so leaving it to be “natural” just looks ungroomed. I’m getting it cut tomorrow, what style would you recommend? wanting to keep it long enough to put up when I choose for coolness/practicality/elegance.

    Not sure how far I’m a typical SA personality, House of Colour typed me as Romantic Ingenue. Petite with soft curves, oval face, straight brows & stern but small features, hating the overly girly, I couldn’t find an equivalent Kibbe-type. I’m definitely not a full-on Romantic, florals & flounces make me feel like a man in drag.

  8. Wow, I could definitely relate to a lot of this! You particularly hit the nail on the head with this: “Spring finds reasons to get along. If things get tense, they’ll make a joke.” Making a joke when things get tense is like a knee-jerk reaction – it comes out my mouth before I’ve even thought about it!

    Thanks for the reminder as well about not hiding our “sunshine”. I have definitely got a serious side to me (winter’s influence?) but I love laughing, dancing, singing and oftentimes just being silly :) I’ve also been told that I have a smile that lights up a room, but I didn’t like the idea of that because I’ve always thought my mouth looked way too big when I smile (lol)! But I’ve since come to embrace it as part of who I am – a gift to be shared I guess. Thanks for all the effort you put into writing this, Christine. Look forward to reading about Summer and Autumn!

  9. Lindsay that sounds (as far as Kibbe anyway) either Soft Gamine or Theatrical Romantic.

  10. “As 2 year olds, it takes a lot of extended family to keep them alive.”

    Oh, my gosh – this is my second-born to a tee! I *think* she’s a Summer (‘though her older sister darkened up considerably and warmed a bit, so no telling), but prob. Light Summer, so with Spring’s influence.

    This is the most bullheaded human being I have EVER encountered – and yet she’s such a FUN bullheaded little person. ;) We called her “smiley” as a baby, because she was ALWAYS smiling. Just as impish as can be. And yet always into trouble of some kind – like a female Dennis the Menace. But you’re not kidding about the “lots of extended family to keep them alive”!

    My now-17-month-old is turning out to be an awful lot like her sister – and she currently seems to be a Light Spring.

  11. Another beautifully insightful essay, Christine. I’m looking forward to reading about Autumn’s and Summer’s Children.

    I still don’t know if I’m an Autumn or a Summer now that my once-auburn hair has turned silver. My former Autumn colors no longer look flattering and Summer doesn’t seem quite right either – too cool. I can’t afford a PCA at this time.

    As far as Kibbe goes, I bought his book at a garage sale several years ago. My score came out a strong Theatrical Romantic but I never was able to embrace that style. Too fussy. I like classic, tailored clothes. It’s an interesting book, though, and I keep trying to make TR clothes work somehow, even after all these years.

    How nice it would be to easily find one’s colors and style! It seems the more I learn, the less I understand.

  12. Wonderful! So insightful and it so rings true to me. The assymmetry of facial features, the ability to talk about any topic at length, the ‘dulling down’ of joy and sparkle so as not to annoy or upset people. It consistently amazes me how you are able to see and understand qualities in people of different seasons. Brilliant!

  13. question:i was looking the season palettes at pinterest pages and iwas wondering if the seasons who can wear gold tone jewellery can wear all or most shades of those or just several ones-and i was wondering the same thing exactly for the silver tone jewellery.i am not sure if that thing has ever been discussed at 12 blueprints by the way…

  14. Really enjoyed this article, the site is so interesting and informative. I was recently analysed as a bright spring. Does anyone have any tips for a bright spring casual daytime look? I love all the colours but finding it tricky to work out how to not look too overdone. trying to find some ideas for smart casual. Any advice would be really appreciated! Thanks

  15. Kate,

    BSp is actually really easy to dress. Just take one or two neutrals from your category (yellowed grey, clean taupe, navy blue) and pair them with one or two brightly coloured items (turquoise or coral red are hard to go wrong with – and don’t worry too much about whether colours “go together”, because on a BSp, many colour combinations work that wouldn’t look so good on most other people). If you use neutrals from one end of the darkness scale, use brights from the other end: light grey with dark purple, dark grey with light icy pink. If you’re feeling like putting in some extra thought, add a small area of black and/or white, for example in a belt, the details of a bag,… BSp looks good in relatively high contrast, but not all the way to black&white – navy&white, cream&black are better than black&white. In all cases, shiny materials are better than dull ones. If you worry about looking overdone, keep the clothing neutral and choose colourful accessories instead, ie. a purple scarf and/or bag instead of a jacket. (although the jacket is which is what I would undoubtedly chose. ;) )

    If you want to, you can have a look at my polyvore page (click my name for the link) – I’ve been putting together BSp looks for myself for a while now, including (and I hope Christine will forgive me) outfit ideas based on the colour equation examples she gave in one of her BSp articles on the blog. They were so useful I just couldn’t help myself.

    Btw, Christine, I looove your book and yesterday I even found my True Autumn mom, who always insists she won’t read anything written in English, throwing a look at her own chapter when she thought I wasn’t looking. I ended up translating a couple of pages for her and she, too, loves it.

  16. Christine,

    Do you notice fleshy ear lobes and are they are a Spring trait? Looks like the little pixie has them.

  17. Loved this post! I’m not sure of my season yet, but I was definitely a Spring child–but the more reserved type–happy, optimistic, and imaginative. I can see a lot of Spring’s characteristics in my facial features as well.

  18. Shirley, I will now be looking for that. I haven’t noticed it or seen it mentioned so far.

  19. Another one here who feels you must have written this for me! I was a Spring child. I grew into a Soft Summer. I didn’t find myself in Summer descriptions but I saw myself as a child throughout this article, down to the weird asymmetry. Thanks, Christine, always love your writing! <3

  20. Thanks a lot for all your help, Sophie, the polyvore page is really useful and I have some ideas now!

  21. I keep coming back to read this….each time I feel like I am reading about my younger son, who fits this description to a tee. He’s 2 and yes, it takes a lot of extended family (and friends and neighbors as well as anyone in the near vicinity of his antics) to keep him alive. Just this morning he was running around the house with a bucket on his head, twirling with delight as we laughed at him! He has a knack for finding dirt and water, both of which he enjoys wearing.

    As far as coloring, he resembles the little pixie Bright Spring incarnate. He wears the same expression on his face, has the same glint in the eye, as well as the same big fleshy earlobes. And he rocks yellow and other colorful obnoxious colors that are often found on the clearance rack in the little boys section :-)

    Great article! I can’t wait to read about autumn’s children!

  22. Christine – do you know of any good grey eyeshadow and eyeliner recommendations for the Spring seasons?

  23. Thanks for commenting Wiggles. The ear lobe thing is a trait in my family for the spring blends (no Trues around here).

  24. A Light could wear Urban Decay Underground liner and Stila Cloud or BobbiBrown grey shadows. The Trues look better in yellow-browns and peaches. A Bright gets much crisper, as the difference between a seal and a mouse, in Dior Earth Reflection shadows, or Bobbi Brown Steel shadow, with perhaps Bare Escentuals Granite liner.

  25. Thanks for the recommendation for Dior’s Beige Casual lipstick for Light Springs. I swatched it against a number of MAC lipsticks and found MAC’s Hug Me to be a pretty close match, as well as Giorgio Armani’s Rouge d’armani Beige 102. MAC’s Shy Girl lipstick (a creamy, neutral coral beige) is a favourite, and I am a fan of theBalm’s Hot Mama blush.

  26. This is one funny post:) You described my mother in law and some of my children precisely. (I have six children, so if you read my other post on Autumn’s children & think I have obsessive color analysis disorder…:)
    …it takes a lot of extended family to keep them alive:) haha. My 3 year old disappeared at a family reunion. I have a huge family and we all went out looking for him. He’s fine; it just reinterates your point. Love it.

  27. “If anyone will break down the stereotypes, it will be True Spring. Her iris pattern won’t always follow the rules, in that it contains only blue and grey (no yellow) and much Winter line geometry. Her character may be very gentle and quiet, yet still brimming delight. Her hair might be blonde but it’s usually medium brown. Her eyebrows can be darker than you expect.”

    This is True Spring, even with the Winter lines in the eyes? Not Bright?

  28. Season just can’t be known from eyes in any Season, unless the person is much more adept at reading them than I am. All you can get are indications. Also, it depends on which Winter line geometry – for instance, you might see the iris spokes right to the pupil edge, but it’s unlikely to find strong linear or zigzag elements. Some W eyes have a lot of yellow, some Sp eyes suggest strong Autumn influence. Quite a lot of movement and possibility.

  29. Of course–sorry, I didn’t really mean to focus on the eyes. Earlier you’d said that the Trues were often the epitome of their season, so I wondered if True Spring breaking the mold was a typo and was really supposed to refer to Bright Spring (which seems more like a mold-breaking/variable type). Apologies if I’m spotting errors where none exist…I’m working on mental pictures of the 12 seasons and didn’t want to get mixed up.

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