Today is that very first day of the year that has “Spring-ness” in it.
It’s a magical day, and there’s only one of them each year. Everyone who lives in the Cold Country knows that, and has lived it.
It isn’t a day on the calendar, and there is no predicting when it will come. It arrives spontaneously, and sometimes when you least expect it. That’s one of the things that I love about it.
It’s that day when you suddenly feel, in your bones, that Spring is inevitable. Spring may still be far away, but the quality of the day grabs and pulls on a memory from deep within.
There have been lots of days this winter in the 40’s F, but none of them has had the feeling of Spring in them. This one does.
On this First Day, the sun is just high enough in the sky that it makes you know the turning of the season. It feels on the warm side of Winter.
When you take a deep breath, you breathe in warmth, and promise, and excitement.
Everyone has come out of their caves, and they are enjoying the freshness and hope of the day. They are walking their dogs. They’re cleaning up in the yard. They’re organizing their garages. They are preparing for the time when Spring projects will be absolutely compelling again.
Tomorrow, it will probably turn back to Winter-ness. The weather is notoriously capricious this time of year. It is a tease.
But we will never lose today, because now we know, again, the reality of Spring. Our faith has been renewed. There is no going back from here.
I just love that First Day.
What helps you know the promise of Spring?