When we poll readers and ask which season they favor in Madison County, the more temperate (ahem) times of year – spring and fall – invariably rank at the top.
Personally, I have difficulty choosing between fall and spring. I like the early fall, when there’s just a touch of chill in the morning and evening, but the days are bright and warm. And I like the late spring, when the rains abate and the temperatures stretch into the low 80s.
If I had to choose one over the other, I suppose I’d take spring, since it is the season of rebirth and it leads into summer (which I like more than winter).
Today, it still feels like winter outside. But, rest assured, our true spring is on its way. Ten reasons to love the season in Madison County:
10. The opening of seasonal restaurants. My taste buds tingle when I see cars gathered at Gene’s Root Beer, Frazier’s Dairy Maid and other culinary establishments that have hibernated during winter.
9. Baseball season. Nothing heralds the coming of spring like America's pastime. The leisurely pace of the game invites a lazy afternoon of relaxation.
8. Fishing. After a long winter lying low, the bass and bluegill start biting when the weather warms up. Even if you don’t catch anything, time spent fishing, as they say, isn’t subtracted from your life.
7. Songbirds. Even the heaviest spirit is buoyed by the melody of chirps and tweets (the non-digital kind) filling the air.
6. Parks. The insects aren’t swarming yet, and the weather encourages long walks at Shadyside or Jackson or Beulah or any other scenic local park. It’s good for the body — and the soul.
5. Prom and graduation. These rites of passage hold special significance for the participants — and for crusty old parents like me.