Bid farewell to February, in her coat of snow and brown leaves. Welcome March with her new greens. Ask when does spring begin? Does it begin on the first day of March, the official start to meterological spring? Does it begin on the vernal equinox, which we call astronomical spring?
Does it begin in the seed catalogs and fashion magazines?
Does it begin at Walgreens, where the red hearts of Valentines Day give way to the colorful Easter candy?
Is it spring when the pitchers and catchers report? When the Flower and Garden Show opens at Navy Pier?
There are signs of the changing season already--buds are swelling on the bushes and trees. The magnolia and forsythia and the pussy willows are already responding to the increasing light of the days...
Can there be a more welcome sign of spring than the white and purple buds of the crocuses among the dry leaves in a neighbor's garden? Yes! Yes, all of this is beginning again, and there is no one official day. It is unique to each of us. It is in our hearts that spring begins.
There is a sudden intake of the breath, the feel of a gentle breeze...there is no counting, or knowing..
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