Counting the days to the Vernal Equinox, the ground is still brown with last year's leaves, and I'm looking for signs of green. Here's a green cup, a green plastic bag, remnants of winter.
This time, last year, temps in the 80's, remember? A record-breaking series of 80+ degree days---Everything was blooming already! We knew it was wrong, but we went out in T-shirts and tube tops, anyway--it was really weird, as if this were the last Spring, ever.
Was it a sign of the Mayan Apocalypse, an anomaly, evidence of global warming?
(According to the records, 2012 was was the hottest year in the U.S. weather history. Here's the article in the New York times, if you want to read more about it.)
Anyway, the T-shirts are under hoodies this year, and it looks like this cold spell will continue for the next few days. As for the long-range forecast, who knows? Nevertheless, there are some signs we can be sure of---a break in the clouds, buds on the branches, baseball on the radio.
Those first Spring Training games are a prelude of things to come. It's not quite the real thing, yet, but that doesn't matter. It's just good to hear baseball, again. The sounds of the crowd and pitch counts, names of players you've never heard of, it's all part of the game.
And if it's warm and sunny there in Arizona or Las Vegas, you can feel it in Chicago, even on a cold March day.
You can feel the lightness of a new season. Sure as the geese heading North.
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