Spring is almost upon us

Inside retail businesses, the inventory is changing. There’s still snow on the ground but swimsuits and colorful skirts, tops, and shorts are finding their way into store windows.
In hardware stores, barbecues are popping up right in front of you as you walk through the doors, as are seed stands.
When I go to work shortly before 7 a.m., and the sun is just appearing above the horizon. And in the evening, it doesn’t fall below the western horizon until almost 6 p.m. Daylight at both ends of the day is wonderful.
For a short period of time, beginning this Sunday, I’ll be back in darkness in the morning thanks to the return of Daylight Savings Time.
Spring is almost finally here. The sun is focusing its heat on the snowbanks and can quickly eat its way in where sand and gravel have built up.
The snowbanks that I complained about just a few weeks ago are shrinking. Puddles are lining the edges of the street, icicles are hanging from roof edges, and sidewalks are melting and re-freezing.
This coming weekend is the big travel one for families. The arrival of March Break brings the clamour of suitcases being slammed shut, doors being banged shut, and the disappearance of many families from the area.
They bolt from the community to warmer climates or places where the slopes are covered with thick packs of snow.
For almost everyone, this coming weekend is the last hurrah to celebrate winter. It also is the hurrah that winter is over. By the time classes resume, the official start of spring will be just a few days away.
It never ceases to amaze me that no sooner has winter set in, the seed, tackle, and boating catalogues arrive and I’m being tempted.
I like to fish and the fishing catalogues catch my attention. There is always a better, more sensitive fishing rod, a smoother casting reel, a more perfect lure, and a new shape that no self-respecting fish will be able to resist.
In most cases, those fish are creatures of the land and not the water.
Even though open water is almost two months away, I am tempted. Already I am imagining launching my boat. I can feel the sun warming my face as I run to a favourite fishing hole.
I can feel the rod in my hand, complete with a favourite lure, and casting off to the edge of a shallow reef. I already know that a sudden, hard pull will grab my attention and the line will begin travelling away from where the bait landed.
I already can anticipate this.
For others, it is the new seed catalogue that offers new heritage tomatoes or brighter, bolder flowers. Ed Lawrence was on the radio Monday talking about starting plants in your house for planting in May.
Gardening catalogues also offer new tools to reduce the aches of weeding, or planting.
It is what spring signals. It is the chance to perfect something.
It is the new start, filled with hope and optimism. Possibilities are endless.

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