Despite many 50-degree mornings and evenings, Evanston is alive with the beauty of spring. Tulips and daffodils brighten gardens throughout the community, trees and shrubs are flowering, and early vegetables may soon peep through the soil.

Mary Mumbrue found peace and beauty in the Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern University.

Carol Mullins has a garden of delight just outside her window.

And a morning walk is prolonged by the bright flowers against the often-gray skies.

Forget T.S. Eliot. His “April is the cruelest month” is often quoted out of context, anyway. Here in Evanston, coming out of the pandemic, with schools partly opened, restaurants increasing capacity with outdoor service, the opening of the Downtown Farmers’ Market this coming Saturday,  the sale of beach tokens, plans for summer events. and the possibility of an in-person Evanston Township High School graduation, the mixture of memory and desire is what we might call hope.