by Almanac Artist, Scott Westgard
“Open the door and the world walks in.” — Steve Earle
Winter closes its door and spring opens another.
I’m writing this to dispute previous announcements made by television weather forecasters, Tom Skilling and Cheryl Scott, who at the tail-end of winter, reminded us that, technically, March 1st is the first day of meteorological spring. Anyone who has spent a winter in the Chicagoland area and agrees that date remotely resembles anything we consider the beginning of spring needs some serious therapy. Personally, I believe they mentioned it to temper our rampant bouts of cabin fever and give us hope. Or maybe it was just to be able to utter something other than, “It looks like another week of something you’re not going to want to deal with!”
But now, as winter has declined, I’m here to make a closer prediction on spring’s truer arrival and the signs are everywhere. By now, the crocuses have timidly taken a stab at showing their faces. The worms are busy turning the garden, and that foreign, straw substance covering our yards has taken on the coloring of its true nature…yes, the grass is back.
I know it is spring when I go outside, stretch my arms to the heavens, and feel my bones trying to re-align themselves and realizing then that I haven’t as yet made my annual post-winter appointment to get straightened out by the chiropractor.
The weapons of winter can now be retired and covered up so as not to stir their morbid memories. No more roof rake, no more snow blower, no more snow salt; no more gloves, hats, or shovels.
It’s time to put on shorts and check to see if any of your leg hair survived. It’s time to regret not having made more trips to the gym and accept the fact you won’t be in beach shape until summer winds down or if ever again.
Ahhh yes, spring has returned. Now give yourself a hand for making it through another winter and then go fire up the lawnmower.
Jim & Mindy Elgas
P.S. On behalf of the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, we thank the many residents who took part in their survey and added suggestions to help make the theater more successful in the future. The participants were entered in a random drawing and the winners will receive fabulous prizes!
Also, congratulations to the winners of our Winter Sun Search contest: Joan Slawny, Jim Rhodes, and Ki Kaden. They each received a Raceway Deluxe Car Wash pass.
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