As it is with every first day of the month I will have awoken, most likely at 3:45 am because that is a new and inescapable routine, and hopefully remembered to repeat the phrase “white rabbit” three times before I uttered any other words. It is a long-standing family tradition and one that is meant to bring luck for the following month.
Today is not only the first of the month, but it is the first of March which brings Spring closer to reality. After the winter we have just experienced, and still are experiencing, Spring will be a very welcome companion. The mercury is predicted to begin rising and the sun will have some warmth in its shine. I have already begun preparations for my tanning session on the deck and, even if I am fully covered in snow gear, I am going to enjoy every ounce of Vitamin D I can extract from that fire-ball during the high temperature of -5C.
Tanning in the early months of February and March is a family tradition I cannot seem to part with. When I was a child, we would spend hours in lawn chairs on the frozen lake and absorb all of the goodness from the sun. There is no better feeling than the first real heat of a Spring day and having those rays welcomed by an eager face.
This year, I am unsure as to whether the arrival of Spring will be classified as coming in like a lamb, or coming in like a lion. After the harsh winter and bitter winds we have experienced, it will certainly feel like a lamb, but having March temperatures still hovering around -15 C may classify the entrance into this new month as coming in like a lion.
Groundhog’s shadow or not, Spring is coming. I just hope it gets here before the rabbits, the lion and the lamb all freeze their asses off!