Saturday, March 20, 2010

Welcome, Spring

It has finally arrived!

The first day of spring is officially the vernal equinox, the time when the sun's rays are directly striking the equator. On this day, the length of daylight and darkness is equal at all latitudes.

Everywhere. Including the North Pole.

Unofficially, its the time when little birds scurry to get their nests built, when bulbs bravely push green shoots above the ground. The trees take on a faint new color, and our thoughts turn to planting.

Farewell, you drawn-out, burdensome winter! You have already outstayed your welcome, and we are weary of your company.

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:11-12