Spring: the shortest, busiest season of the year.
“Spring ahead; Fall back.”
We reset the clocks in most states “to give us more hours of daylight.” (Though, in fact, the return of the sun to our hemisphere is what is giving us more light…and heat.)
Now what do we do with it?
It used to be that school vacations were timed to allow the farm families to all be involved with the planting, haying, and animal husbandry. “All hands on deck” so to speak.
Some regions of some states still make a break in classes available to coincide with the hunting season, or the potato harvest, etc., in the fall.
Now we see “summer vacation” more as a time to play, or (if you can find one) a time to earn some extra income for school expenses and fun.
Good luck on that intent with jobs as hard to find as they are, even for adults, some of whom are already working two jobs just “to make do.”
As ingrained as “summer vacation” has become, it is unlikely that it will be changed any time soon, though there are some school districts now with “year ‘round school” which incorporates more short breaks during the year. Perhaps that will be a thing of the future, especially considering how much learning seems to get “lost” during the long summer, and the fact that by the end of the long summer most students are anxious to go back to school.
Here in the Rocky Mountains we claim that there is no real “springtime” and hardly any “fall”, the year being more like “six months of winter and six months of summer”
On the other hand, our last winter was almost a prolonged fall, and this springtime is an unusual contest between wintry cold and summer roast!
The roses, lilacs, crocuses, daffodils, and fruit trees, however, seem to have the seasons figured out. They’ve blossomed on their own schedules which found the right niche for each one, and kept the bees alive and happy.
Likewise, the hummingbirds and swallows showed up at the edge of the advancing warmth and didn’t get suckered into showing up while the cold fronts intruded at the start of spring.
Now these few remaining days called springtime will have to face off with summer. The highs yesterday broke all-time records, and the high today in the mid-90’s will do so again.
Springtime is just this brief season where we can still sleep with a blanket by opening the windows at night, and shut the windows in the mid-morning before turning on the swamp coolers and air conditioners during the day.
Enjoy it while it lasts, and get the gardens planted before you really don’t want to be out there… unless you are tubing down a cool but lazy river.
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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