One of the most anticipated seasons of the year is spring. There are several technical definitions of spring and those vary according to local climate. At the spring equinox, the days are approximately 12 hours long, with day length increasing as the season progresses.
The earliest indicators of the coming spring often happen in January. The seed catalog companies and the department stores tempt you with goods that you can buy now but won’t be able to use for several months.
Many cultures have customs predicting the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Ground Hog’s day in the United States makes the prognostication of spring an event that all can participate in. A simple shadow can predict six more weeks of winter or an early spring.
I prefer to think of spring and "springtime" as the season of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth. Here are some of my favorite signs that springs has come.
- Spring as a time of growth, renewal, of new life (both plant and animal) being born.
- Little spring frogs are chirping in the pond, near the trail that I like to walk on.
- Crocus, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths have peeked out of the ground.
- Robins return to Wisconsin.
- Boats on trailers, which means the water must be opening up on Lake Monona and Lake Mendota.
- The chairs return to the Memorial Union Terrace at the University.
- Sap is running in the maple trees and little buckets are hanging off the trees.
- Worms appear on the driveway after a spring rain
- Buds on the trees ready to pop
- Spring thunder showers that roll through the night sky
- Temperatures that roller coaster daily
- People walking outside on their breaks and their lunch times
- More bicycles and motorcycles are on the roads. (Please keep an eye out for them.)
- Kids playing in the park
- No jackets – they lay in a pile with the snow pants, boots, hats, mittens and scarves in the front hall closet
- Change the sheets from flannel to cool cotton.
Also, this list would not be complete, if I didn’t mention the appearance of the orange and white construction barrels. (Construction season is synonymous with spring!)
What are some of your favorite signs of spring?