Posted by: thehungryrunner | February 16, 2008

February 15: “The First Day of Spring”

Yes, I do realize that I’m posting this on February 16 — one day late.  But better late than never, yes?

It’s been, admittedly, a….”high maintenance” winter so far.  Fantastic for skiing (though at times a bit too cold for a comfortable outing), but since 99% of the time is spent doing other things, the snow, below-normal cold, freezing rain, ice, and most of all, the high percentage of cloudy days…..are all definitely proving to be formidable challenges in keeping one’s sanity intact.  I for one will be happy when the mercury rises above freezing and we have a few days in a row of sun!

Which brings me to today’s topic:  the first day of spring.  Oh sure, we’re TOLD that it’s the Vernal Equinox, usually around March 21.  But my father, a retired state trooper who sent many a year out in the elements while patrolling the roads, has always felt differently.  He used to tell us kids that really, the first day of spring is February 15, because it’s around that time that the overall weather trends begin to turn more favorable, with shorter spells of cold and snow, and more “freak” bouts of unseasonably mild temperatures.  Add to that the fact that you’re nearly two months removed from the Winter Solstice — and indeed, the days are noticeably longer by now, and you can definitely see where the tides are beginning to turn towards the promise of renewal, regrowth, and WARMTH!

So if you’re beginning to feel the novelty of winter wearing off, join me in my celebration of the REAL first day of spring!  (We’ll just ignore the fact that the Weather Channel says it’s a whopping 3 degrees here right at this moment.)

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