Spring - hopefully it’s finally sprung
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.