The Joys of Spring

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For me, Spring can never come soon enough.

Although its official arrival is still two weeks away, I’ve already begun feeling the energy of Spring. I know that I’m not alone in having a particular fondness for this season. Many poems, musical compositions, and other works have been created to celebrate its splendor. But because I am so darned light-sensitive (suffering as many do from what has come to be known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a chronic low-level depression resulting from insufficient daylight), the re-emergence of the sun and the gradually lengthening days bring unparalleled hope to my winter-weary soul. For me, Spring can never come soon enough.

I’ve never been a fan of cold weather. But that’s not what creeps me out about the winter. It’s all those short, cloud-covered days. Days that are sometimes hard to distinguish from night. It’s like the sun has been captured and held ransom by some evil, sadistic god. I grieve until it is released again.

I’m not too fond of really warm weather either. So, the hot, sticky days of summer are not something I particularly look forward to. Besides, the first day of summer is the beginning of the sun’s retreat. (That’s right. Daylight hours start waning from the day of solstice.) From that very day, I think I unconsciously begin my slow, steady slide into a period of mourning.

Perhaps there’s something deeply embedded in my biology that can sense the energy that emanates from our distant orb of nuclear fusion and which sets the stage for the bird chirping, tree budding, flower blooming symphony that sets my heart on fire every year. There’s a part of me that wishes I could freeze every precious moment in time. But alas, I know that the balance of life requires the cycling of the seasons. So, I know I’ll grin and bear it when the fall comes and eventually gives way to winter. But for now, I plan to soak up every ray, savor every sound, embrace every breeze, capture every scent, and bless every single minute of the time I wait for during the other 274 days of the year.

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