Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again. – Gustav Mahler
While Mahler is far better known as a composer than a writer, he has come up with a most eloquent statement about this time of year. I do get out and about in the winter, but given even half a chance I’ll stay indoors. While the calendar optimistically declares that March 21st is the first day of spring that just doesn’t happen around here. Just as winter arrives a lot earlier than December 21st , spring arrives a lot later than March 21st.
The signs of spring are different for all of us, and everyone has their own way of declaring that spring has arrived, from the sight of daffodils and tulips to taking the tarp off the boat. No matter what your sign of spring is or when it arrives, it all celebrates the same season.
If you’re a gardener, the season can commence as early as the day you start your seeds indoors. Thankfully spring eventually arrives for all of us not blessed with a green thumb. Flowers or veggies, nothing says spring like doing some digging in the garden.
A few hardy souls ride their bicycles all winter, although most people put away their two-wheeled transportation in the fall. And there are those who prefer four tires to two, but still retire their ride when the snow falls. If you need some guidance getting your summer cruising vehicle roadworthy, check out the Chilton’s Auto Repair database on the library website or some of our great books on bikes and motorcycles.
Personally, I prefer walking to riding, regardless of the number of wheels on the vehicle. Once the weather gets warmer and things start to get green, it’s time for me to dig out my hiking boots and take to the trails.
Much as I enjoy a good walk, I find my enjoyment of it spoiled when I’m expected to chase a little white ball around a large open space with a long stick. But for the golfers among us, the best sign of spring is being able to dust off the clubs and take to the golf course.
I could go on – seeing and hearing the first robin, stepping outside with bare toes, putting away the snow shovel and taking out the lawn chairs, everyone has their own rituals to rejoice in at this time of year. How do you spring into spring?