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The Arrival of Spring

By ADMIN - March 29 2024
The Arrival of Spring

Here Comes The Sun…and I say…it’s alright.’ –George Harrison

Introduction

Spring is often considered the season of renewal. It symbolizes a time of rebirth, rejuvenation, and transformation. It is an annual ritual that evolves as the withering Beast of the harsh winter is tamed by the gentle embrace of the warm sun.

After months of cold days and dark moody nights, the arrival of spring brings a discernible sense of joy, security and relief. The increased daylight and warmer temperatures uplift spirits and invigorate the soul, breaking the lethargic shackles that often accompany winter.

Part One

Like nature’s regeneration, spring prompts us to release the burdens of the past and welcome opportunities for personal evolution.

The natural world, once stripped bare by winter’s icy grip, awakens from hibernation and slowly emerges from a wet, grey quagmire to a world filled with vibrant colors and subtle shades. 

Spring isn’t just a visual feast; it’s a carnival for the senses. The happy chirping of birds returning from their winter migrations fills the air. Warm and gentle breezes cause the dazzling assortment of lilacs, daffodils, tulips and a myriad of other flowers to sway in their suburban landscape. 

The smell of fresh cut grass is a welcome sign, however unfortunate it may be for those who struggle with allergies and hay fever. And it’s all fun and games until dandelions make their unwelcome appearance. It always starts with one…and then our yard is littered with them. And there is always that one lazy neighbor who decides to let his weed garden run amok. 

Dandelions and deadbeat neighbors are about as welcome as flatulence at a church picnic. 

Sleepy creatures awaken from their extended slumber, undoubtedly hungry and on the prowl for food. 

And speaking of food….what better way to celebrate the return of Spring than with a charcoal fired barbecue amongst the rolling hills of green fields, accompanied by a glass of something cool and refreshing?

While packing up our winter gear we start to think ahead to the summer. Gone are the galoshes and shovels and snow tires. Out comes the lawn furniture, the bocce balls and the Slip ‘N Slide. 

Mother Nature’s initial kindness has lulled us into a state of climate complacency. Too often we’ve been fooled by her trickery.  Isn’t it ironic that Mother Nature has just one more ‘slip and slide’ weather event planned for us….

We take a deep collective relaxed sigh, content that the warmer weather has returned permanently. 

And then….and almost as if on cue, we get spanked by a final freezing rainstorm, or a foot of heavy wet snow…the kind that distorts your snow-shoveling back so much that it makes hard core contortionists blush with envy. But over the years our winters in Southern Ontario overall have been much lighter in the snowfall department than in previous years. According to a CBC Science report, published in May 2020, ‘peak snow mass has fallen 46 billion tonnes per decade in non-alpine regions of North America, since 1980.’

But regardless of the statistics, it’s always that final storm that makes us curse the fact that we didn’t invest in a snow blower in the first place. That one spine crushing, chest clutching dumping served up by Mother Nature who has clearly come back to let us know who’s Boss. And to add insult to injury, these snow removal devices are usually 50% off AFTER the snow season has ended! Clearly Mother Nature is in cahoots with most major retailers across the country.

 Part Two 

Throughout history spring has held a profound cultural and symbolic significance for civilizations around the world. In many ancient cultures, the arrival of spring was celebrated with festivals and rituals honoring fertility, renewal, and the cycles of nature. These traditions continue to this day with holidays like Easter (the most widely celebrated spring holiday in the Western world, Holi (India), Nowruz (Central Asia), Cimburijada (Bosnia) and Floriade (Australia).

For those who experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), spring can be a particularly transformative time, offering respite from the symptoms of depression and lethargy associated with the darker months. The emergence of sunlight triggers the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter linked to mood regulation, leading to improved emotional well-being and a greater sense of vitality.

Part Three

As we witness the beauty and abundance of spring unfolding around us, it provides an opportunity for introspection and self-discovery. Just as the natural world undergoes a process of renewal, spring invites us to examine our own lives, reassess our goals and priorities, and cultivate a sense of gratitude for the blessings that surround us.

Conclusion

Whether through gardening, outdoor activities, or simply taking a brisk, leisurely stroll through a park, spring offers countless opportunities to rediscover nature and experience moments of natural awe and wonder. In a world often characterized by chaos and distraction, these moments of quiet reflection can be profoundly fulfilling, fostering a deeper appreciation for the unity of all living things.

May we celebrate the blessings of Spring.

by Rob Herholz


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