I saw a Robin today

February 27, 2006

The Robins are Back

JoAnn mentioned last week that she saw Robins inspecting the nest in the front yard tree. Yesterday I saw a number of Robins as I was driving around and this afternoon I heard several different song birds. All of this is a sure sign of spring.

Last week on Saturday I saw several thousand geese in the flyway heading north. Once again a sure sign that spring is coming. Even the crocuses are starting to come up. I’ve noticed a couple who peaked a little soon and got caught by a few cold days.

There is a tiredness near the end of winter and an anxiousness by nature to get on with spring. The same is true for me. March is just around the corner and while we won’t see green trees for another 6 to 8 weeks, it is the anticipation of buds, early flowers, and as my barber said, “Time to get in the early lettuce” that encourages us for spring.

It is the brown and gray of winter that often gets to us. When you live in a climate where white is infrequent and brown and gray is common – at least in the winter – you become anxious for spring. It is the seemingly continuous explosion of color – those first flowers, beautiful sunsets that have been there all winter but are more appreciated now, the sounds of song birds, the site of those first blades of green grass, buds that have been dormant all winter ready to pop. This all represents spring.

And yes, people have a change of heart. Motorcycles abound, students on campus are down to shorts, t-shirts, and sandal. Tops come down on convertibles, the first smells of barbecue are in the air, children playing outdoors, and for those who can’t wait, the lawnmowers start up – just to make sure they still work and can still move over the ground – even though there is nothing to mow.

I think it is the lengthening of the days that has the most positive impact on people. It is almost like coming out of hibernation and while we may not be bears, we do hunker down for the winter to endure rather than embrace. Moods change, smiles appear, work is not so burdensome, and life is better.

Spring does breed hope and hope is eternal. We are fortunate to live on a planet and in a country where we can enjoy the beauty of spring and embrace a reawakening of life.