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Spring is Coming (No, really)

March 4, 2019

 It’s easy to be so distracted by the vestiges of winter that you fail to notice the subtle signs of spring. Sure it was 8 below zero last night and the ground is covered in ankle-deep snow and there is ice on driveways and sidewalks and, yeah, Jimmy the groundhog probably lies frozen to death in his burrow. And, true, I have not spotted any swollen tree buds beginning to unfurl their chlorophyllic flags or blades of green grass or purple crocus flowers. But I tell you spring is coming and not just because the calendar insists on it.


The days are longer. It’s was light this morning when I drove to my city job. On half the days it’s still light when I get home. I predict this trend will continue no matter what arbitrary things we do with our clocks. In a few weeks there will be more daylight than nightdark, which, if we tolerate the redundancy of daylight, really should be a word. Gone are the days when the sun’s rays illuminated, but could not warm, at least not perceptibly so. Yesterday, when I closed my eyes and turned my face skyward it was the sun’s warmth and not the 14-degree air that I felt on my skin. Already the midday sun, which barely peered over the tops of trees in January, is high in the sky forcing shadows into steady southward retreats.


I heard a cardinal sing. I didn’t understand the lyrics, kinda like when I listen to hip hop, but they were clearly celebratory and cardinals are not known for celebrating a persistent winter. Speaking of birds, egg production from our 22 hens has doubled, now approaching a dozen a day--icicles on the coop be damned. We had 13 eggs on consecutive days last week.   


If none of that is cause for optimism, I remind you that the most productive growing season I ever had in my past life as an out-of-control vegetable gardener was after the worst winter I can remember before this one. Stay tuned.


Sorry for being that guy--that irksome optimist with seasonal unaffected disorder. It’s OK. By June the mosquitoes will be back and you will have forgotten how much I annoyed you.




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