By Ken DeLaat
Ok it’s still cold, right? I mean here we sit just over a week into what is supposed to be Spring and we’re still doing the “holy crapola it’s freaking freezing’’ most mornings when venturing outside the first time.
But there are signs everywhere that we are on the very threshold of what most bi-peninsularians cherish the most about our state...
We know there are many out there who savor the pleasure a (far too lengthy) season of winter brings to them.. People like to run their sleds, some think ice fishing is fun (it isn’t), and who can deny the beauty of new fallen snow?
I get it.
Well, not entirely to be truthful, but I try to relate.
But the non-winter months bring a particular kind of enchantment to the land we live in. The slow process of transitioning to warmer weather (some years slower than others) seems to set a tone for the populace. Maybe a splash of hope and a dollop of optimism that things are going to, after all, be o.k. Sometimes even a smattering of tolerance after a too long season of weather influenced impatience.
It’s a renewal of the type of living that eschews layering and welcomes the idea of hitting the outdoors without spending a good deal of time preparing oneself weatherwise for what might await out there. When even a man like me, whose legs throughout the summer retain what Procol Harum once called ‘a whiter shade of pale’, dons shorts most days.
I may be jumping the gun a bit by speculating too soon on lilacs blooming, bees and butterflies returning and a little early garden action.. After all it is still March and April is known for tossing meteorological mayhem about our region with reckless abandon.
But as I said there are indications everywhere that, as always, a 60 day gradual warming trend will come to fruition. The landscape will begin to green up a bit and people will be seen walking about and enjoying the outdoors rather than enduring it.
And what sign could be more clear than the good men of JNR slapping down the dock at N3 World Headquarters and Sourdough Bakery Center?
And that means soon the boat will follow.
Let the reveling begin.
“If winter was not exist, the spring would not be so pleasant”- Davan Yayah Khalil
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