Sunday, March 11, 2007


It is spring.

The sub zero temperatures maybe lead one to believe that winter is still hard upon us, but that assumption would be wrong.

In the world of the contiguous United States “spring” means flowers budding, leaves growing, and, of course, the introduction of sandals into the daily wardrobe.
The Arctic is different. There are no trees for those shiny green leaves to sprout from. There are no brightly colored tulips littering the lawns.
And with several feet of snow staying on the ground until well into June, sandals stay banished in the back of the closet.

Here, the idea of spring is very different. Spring is the time when the light comes back.
And does it come back!

It is after 7 pm and the sky is still bright.

Not too very long ago the sun was something of a dream. It was something they had in the “real world.”
Maybe on TV.
Maybe created by the same crazy directors that staged the whole “moon landing” thing.

Now, the sun is here. It is making its presence known. The kiddies are going nuts. They feel the sun. They want to bask in its rays.

The bright and happy nature of all this UV makes a person want to run outside and dance. But our persistent “very cold-ness” makes fun in the sun a rather difficult thing to accomplish.

Therefore we just go crazy.

Class this week was particularly challenging. The air was damn close to zero and the wind chill was low.

The sun was shining.

I was hard to be inside. The kids were more rambunctious than normal.
Spring has just sprung.
And it’s barely March.

This is going to be a looong final quarter.

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