GOODBYE, WINTER, and welcome spring.
This weekend brought spring to Minnesota, just a week after an historic blizzard. And the mood shifted dramatically to exuberance as Minnesotans soaked up the sunshine and warmth, me among them. I even sport a sunburned forehead.
We haven’t had temps this warm—in the 60s—since October. That’s too many months.
While winter still lingers in melting snowmen, patches of snow and ice on lakes, I see spring everywhere.
In budding trees and pussy willows and blooming crocuses. Even in mud baking dry in the afternoon sun.
People were out and about everywhere—biking, riding motorcycles, pushing strollers, pulling wagons, walking, running, drinking craft beers on brewery decks and patios…
There was this feeling of we’ve finally made it. If you’ve ever lived in a cold weather state, you understand that delight, that giddiness, that joy which marks the first really warm and sunny day of spring.
Smiles abound, jackets are shed, sunglasses pulled on, winter released. Even if snow still remains in shadowed patches, we understand that spring has arrived in Minnesota. Finally.
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