Spring means we’re cranky but waking up

It’s spring, and you know what that means.

No? Well let me help you out.

Spring is the time of year when, because of the silly, dratted time change, we drag around like sleep-deprived zombies for the entire month of March. It’s also the time of year when the days become longer, so now when you get home from work, the sun is still up and shining. Which is a great thing . . . except that now the dust that has been piling up all winter is clearly illuminated for your viewing pleasure. Which, I am sure, is how the entire notion of spring cleaning got started.

Spring is also the time of year that the earth’s axis starts to tilt the northern hemisphere towards the sun, which explains those longer days, and explains that pile of stuff that has accumulated in the corner. Because when your house tilts, things slide. So, before you yell at your kids for having messy rooms – take note – if all their stuff is piled on one side of their room, chances are it’s due to the tilt of the earth. So cut them a little slack.

With spring also come warmer weather. Or so we’re told.

So far, however, warmer weather has proven to be an elusive promise. Because as I write this, the temperature outside is 27 degrees, my fireplace is blaring, I’m wearing my warm woolie socks and have about three layers of clothing on. And I’m inside my house!

Apparently, someone forgot to tell spring that it’s supposed to be here.

Another little-known fact - when spring comes to the northern hemisphere, (which is where we are), that means autumn is coming to Australia (the southern hemisphere). Perhaps some of you knew that already, but I found myself looking down at the ground when I read this, as if I could see our friends down under.

And for my really educated friends, a great factoid; The first day of spring is called the “Vernal Equinox,” which in Latin translates to “Spring Equal Days.” The reason for this, as best I can understand, is that this time of year the sunrise and sunset are about 12 hours apart everywhere on earth. Daylight hours are a little longer, but daylight hours and night hours are almost equal. So there you go. A little knowledge to impress your friends with.

Education aside, there are things I love about spring that just makes me feel good. For example, spring is the time we all associate with “new birth.”

Have you heard of April the giraffe? She lives in a zoo in upstate New York, and according to its website, she’s supposed to give birth any minute. People from all over the world have been tuning in, watching the live camera feed for hours at a time, hoping to see something besides April just standing there. I should know, I’m one of them. And last time I looked there were over 58,000 people watching along with me.

Here in Black Mountain we may not have any pregnant giraffes, but we do have animals who are showing signs of new beginnings, like the geese at Lake Tomahawk. They are crankier than normal, which, in my experience, is a clear sign of pregnancy. And speaking of cranky, this is the time of year that hungry bears come out of hibernation, which is always something to look forward to.

Spring is a season bursting with good things; baseball, refreshing rains, spring cleaning and the best therapy in the world – gardening.

Which reminds me of a great quote I read once, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Indeed.