March Into March

The Acme Eclectic calendar only contains three seasons.  I’m not going to bore you with the long explanation of meteorological or astronomical reckonings and the traditional divisions of the year.  This is all you need to know:

Fall is observed during the month of October, period.  Leaves falling, the World Series, and Halloween mark Fall.  All happen in the month of October, and the Canadians are wise enough to understand that Thanksgiving belongs in the month of October as well.

Winter begins on November 1st and ends on February 28th (or 29th every leap year).  Christmas, the Super Bowl, and more snow in certain parts of the Northern hemisphere than is possibly needed mark the season.

But guess what?  Winter is officially over.  And today marks the beginning of SpringSummer, running from exactly March 1st through the end of September.

It is a state of mind and we all experience it.  Whether today was 75 and sunny where you read this or below freezing with heavy snow, you know what I’m talking about.  There is just a greater optimism on that day that the calendar first says “March”.  It seems rather arbitrary to separate Spring from Summer and there’s no reason to ever bound SpringSummer strictly by the solstices.

For those of you who enjoy the winter months, I am truly sorry.  But you’ll have to deal with it.  It’s not so hard to imagine SpringSummer if you try.

And what’s so great about March anyway?  Well, we are 7 days away from the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, 14 days away from Selection Sunday, 18 days away from the 4 greatest consecutive days on the sports calendar (a.k.a. the opening rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament), and Spring Training unfolds daily from warm locales in Arizona and Florida.

And if you are a nocturnal creature, bemoaning the longer daylight hours, or could care less about the latest news from the world of sports, I’m happy to let you know that March is Red Cross Month.  Can’t argue with that one, now can you?

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first two months of work on this site.  There will be many more random musings and slightly off-center observations from the world around us in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  We are just getting warmed up around here – literally.  Stick around for a while.

And enjoy the first day of SpringSummer!

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~ by acm213 on March 1, 2009.

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