In the Northern Hemisphere, the official start of the vernal equinox was 7:02 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20th. That’s the moment when the sun is exactly overhead, as seen from the point on the Earth’s equator directly facing the sun. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winds turn colder, as the autumnal equinox sets. Here in Charlotte, the Bradford Pears are flowering, daffodils are in full bloom and the pollen is beginning to make people sneeze and sniffle. The change of seasons is a powerful force in our lives. It affects what we wear, the activities we do, our health, the foods we crave and many times our overall mood.
As for me, there are few sounds on earth as wonderful as the melody I hear when I step out the door at the break of dawn, to get the newspaper. The variety of springtime birds sounding so happy makes for a great start to my day. The ubiquitous rabbits forage before daylight, cross my path as they run scared into the neighbor’s yard. By the time I retrieve the paper, I have an extra pep in my step.
Spring is a time for renewal. As the changes occur that coincide with spring, it enlivens me as well. I feel more energized. I can put away all of the heavy coats, sweaters and wool pants, replacing them with lighter clothes and brighter colors. Winter is dull, spring is alive! Next comes the temperatures that allow for shorts and sandals, my favorite attire. There is nothing better than feeling the warm spring sun on my skin. It’s Mother Nature’s invitation to come outside to her house.
Unfortunately, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t always follow the rules. This weekend it’s going to be in the low 40’s with a chance of snow showers. In spite of the sudden dip in temperatures, my mood stays light because I know next week the temperatures could be in the 70’s. That’s just how spring behaves when it first arrives.