Spring has finally sprung!
OK, OK, it may not feel like it just yet when you step outside your door.
But according to the calendar, which marks today as the spring equinox, this is the first official day of the rebirth season.
There’s still a persistent chill in the air, and we are all afraid it’s about to snow at any minute. But can’t you just feel it’s about time for crocuses and tulips to spring forth and the air to be filled with the cheerful songs of our returning feathered friends? We are just days away from tank tops, shorts and flip flops … no, really, we are!
Hopefully, the awful weather we had during this long, cruel winter — with its record-setting snows and unbelievable low temperatures not seen in this area for decades — is far, far behind us.
Winter certainly left behind its nasty mark, spreading debris and chaos across our lawns and streets and darkening our collective frame of mind.
It’s time to shake off those horrid doldrums we’ve been buried under since the dawn of the new year and make a fresh start.
What better time to begin anew than today?
There’s a lot you can do to help, not only yourself, but the entire community. Get involved with local cleanups. Support neighborhood beautification projects. Plant flowers, install a birdbath or hang some wind chimes at your own home.
Then get out and enjoy the sunshine at local festivals and fairs. Take in a baseball game or two. Cheer on the ponies at Hoosier Park. We all deserve some fun and outdoors time after this winter of our discontent.
Just remember to keep that winter jacket handy. You never know when Father Winter will knock at the door.
Let’s all agree to suspend our Hoosier hospitality for a while and keep him locked out.
In summary Spring has finally sprung. That means it's time to lend a hand in local cleanup projects and enjoy the warmth and sunshine.