Spring forward

FI-EditorialIs it worth giving up an hour of sleep just for some sign that spring is on the way? After a winter like this there’s no doubt that it is.

Yes, spring is on its way, even if it doesn’t exactly feel that way. The threatened snowstorm for last Monday ended up fizzling out and perhaps it was a hopeful sign of things to come. After all, Greenwich has been pummeled so often and so thoroughly by winter weather this year that it was actually a relief to see the weathermen get one wrong. We were all owed a missed winter blast for once.

And, hey, temperatures are rising, all the way into the 40s. In comparison to what we’ve all been going through these last few months, that feels like a 72 degrees and sunny special right from San Diego heading our way. So when you add to that the reminder that indeed we are springing forward this weekend by turning our clocks up an hour, maybe, just maybe, the endless winter is finally breathing its last gasp of frigid air.

Right now the winter has beaten down our spirits to the point where we’ll take any sign spring is on its way, even if it’s just the symbolic one of the clocks moving ahead an hour. Because symbolism actually feels like a bright blast of warmth after another week of slippery ice on the ground, parking spots impossible to fit into because of remaining hardened blocks of snow on the ground and our skin made raw by the cold.

So, yes, we will definitely and happily take the idea of an extra hour of sunshine at night. We will welcome not looking around at 5:30 p.m. and finding it pitch black. Because longer days means warmer weather is on its way, and just having the hope of that can be a relief. All around us, the signs of more enjoyable days are there, and they couldn’t be coming at a better time. We’ve been left in a funk by this winter and it’s definitely past time for the sense of renewal and fresh life we can only get from spring.

The signs are all around us. Spring training is in full swing and opening day is just around the corner. Greenwich schools are already starting to announce their commencement speakers. And Easter candy is all over the store, which summons images of oversized bunnies hopping around lush green meadows with chocolate to deliver. Pretty soon we can finally put away those snow shovels with confidence and start to worry about sunscreen.

Just reading about the progress being made in the new Greenwich Community Garden on Bible Street warms things up and gets our minds off the polar vortex and on to fresh starts and renewals blooming like flowers. When the final stats come in, this might not actually be the worst winter ever, but it’s sure felt like it was.

This whole winter has been a trying one as the environment has too often seemed like the ice planet Hoth and it’s gotten so bad that we half expect to see a White Walker from Game of Thrones walking down the street. And that’s why a new frame of mind is just what’s needed right now.

The more we feel like sunny days and warm weather are on their way the more of a, pardon the pun, spring will be in our step. Not only has it been cold and miserable, but how many times have we had to alter our plans because of the weather? We’ve let this winter wear down on us for too long and it’s time for it to be over.

Spring officially begins on March 20, but we’re ready for it to start a few weeks early. And while it seems to be tempting fate to say that things are looking up with all of us springing forward this weekend, the warm days are coming.

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