Well, it’s here again — this week — Spring. The time of year most of us look to with a sense of relief, welcome, gratitude.
Although the temps aren’t very spring-like where I am yet, I can sense a change, a difference — in the air. The approaching Spring equinox when “days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west” (Old Farmer’s Almanac) — it’s special. Kind of magical really and I love the sound of that, especially the light part.
It signals new beginnings, rebirth and all those soothing, groovy feelings we have when we shrug off Winter to embrace Spring. I asked hubby, “Do you feel it?” What, he asked me.
“Spring,” I said, “You can feel the shift in the air.” This was about a week ago. Maybe it was that spring forward thing that did it for me. No, it’s that intangible something that we all love so much. Do you feel it yet?
Butterflies Celebrate It
I normally watch CBS Sunday Morning every weekend because most of the program is positive. It’s about art, literature, world events or nature. Yesterday, it showcased the thing about the butterflies in central Mexico.
That spectacular thing that happens to signal Spring happened this week as thousands of Monarch butterflies migrated there. There’s so many that scientists have had to measure them by acreage. And it’s dropped significantly — in the 1990s they measured the beauties taking up twenty-two acres. It’s now only around seven-and-a-half acres.
They don’t know exactly why this is happening. Could be illegal logging, drought or pesticides that kill milkweed which is the monarch’s main food source. They talked to an expert guy (how’s that for a dream job, studying butterflies?) who knows more about this phenomenon than anyone. He was asked how our world would be different if the numbers kept dwindling.
Paraphrasing the expert, he said, “That’s like asking, what good is the Mona Lisa or Mozart’s music? We could live without it, but we would be diminished as a culture. There’s nothing like it. It’s unique.”
Like Spring — there’s nothing like it and the magnificence of it, the way we feel as we feel it coming.
People, Animals and the Restlessness
Have you noticed that when Spring is getting closer you get a little restless? Animals do too. I’ve watched my pups get more playful. I hear birds chirping more. Little creatures are getting more active. It’s the natural order of things. It’s as if we’re all waking up. We’re ready to play.
I read an article, Spring Fever: Restlessness, Renewal and Rebirth by Sandra Tunajek. Scientists believe that there are reasons why we and other species get friskier, more energetic, want to move more. It’s psychological and physiological they think.
Some believe it’s the warmer weather while others think it’s got to do with the light. Maybe it’s the way a warm breeze blows across our face and we smell Spring. Without even realizing it, we’re taken back to a time and a place that felt so good.
Spring fever gets us up and out. We begin to reevaluate our lives, at least I’ve been doing that. We think about trying something new. Whether that’s taking a class, painting a room, de-cluttering, cleaning, exploring a new place, moving — it all symbolizes a newness, change. A rebirth of sorts.
After a long cold winter, it feels so good to poke out heads out and welcome all that glorious warmth.
Do you feel it? Happy Monday everyone, Happy Spring as of Wednesday and here’s a song for you that I think represents all the meandering thoughts of this post.
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Do you have Spring fever yet? Do you have any plans — any new beginnings? What are the first signs of Spring for you — internally and externally?