Spring - hope­fully it’s fi­nally sprung

Sackville Tribune - - OPINION - Joan Leblanc

It’s of­fi­cial; spring has fi­nally ar­rived. The ver­nal equinox has come and left us with the prom­ise of re­birth of all those things that sur­vive on the earth.

Yes sir, here in the north­ern hemi­sphere, as of 2:14 a.m. At­lantic Day­light Time on March 20, that won­der­ful time of the year has fi­nally ar­rived. Of course I’m well aware that old man win­ter could still rear his ugly head and dump more snow on us, but I don’t care, be­cause if that hap­pens the bright spring­time sun­shine will make short work of it. Re­mem­ber those two glo­ri­ous days we were for­tu­nate to have just last week?

For those who ap­pre­ci­ate the sci­en­tific mean­ing of spring, the word ‘ equinox’ comes from Latin words mean­ing ‘equal night’. In our world there are only two days each year when there are equal amounts of day­light and dark­ness. On these two days in the spring and fall, when the sun crosses the ce­les­tial equa­tor, the earth’s axis nei­ther points to or away from the sun. Ku­dos to who­ever dis­cov­ered that, all those many years ago.

Be­yond the sci­en­tific rea­sons, spring is just such a won­der­ful time of the year. Here in Canada we’re for­tu­nate to have four sea­sons mak­ing up our years; and we get to see all of the changes that come with them. Like right now, the warm weather birds are start­ing to ar­rive back in our yards; there’s noth­ing quite like see­ing a robin for the first time to let you know spring’s just around the corner.

We may com­plain about the snow and cold - and I know I cer­tainly do my share of it - but with the cold comes some perks too; such as no poi­sonous snakes and in­sects, mod­er­ate sum­mer tem­per­a­tures and no rainy sea­sons. Sure, it might be nice to va­ca­tion for a cou­ple weeks in a sunny cli­mate, but would you re­ally want to live there year round?

Each year our four dis­tinct sea­sons al­low us the op­por­tu­nity to see the earth re-awaken, then grow in the sun­shine, reap our crops from it in the cool fall, then drift away into hi­ber­na­tion where it gath­ers the strength to be­gin the cy­cle again. Each and ev­ery sea­son has its own story to tell. Trop­i­cal cli­mates, with their two sea­sons - wet and dry - aren’t nearly so gen­er­ous.

The ar­rival of spring sig­nals the re-awak­en­ing of not only our plants and an­i­mals, but it’s a time of re-birth for man and woman as well. Who doesn’t en­joy the steadily in­creas­ing hours of sun­light, the op­por­tu­ni­ties to get out­side in the fresh air, and for chil­dren, one of the best parts - mud pud­dles. Come on, ad­mit it, who doesn’t like the chance to splash through a pud­dle af­ter a spring rain?

We’ve got three months to squeeze out ev­ery­thing that this spring 2012 has to of­fer, be­fore sum­mer chases it away. So, re­gard­less of what you like to do in spring, let’s all get go­ing and make the most of it.

Joan’s Jab­ber­ings

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