Spring: the moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator. Most cultures celebrate with festivals, holidays, and raucous spring breaks at sunny beaches everywhere. For Christians, Easter is dependent upon the equinox. According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, “Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox.” Each spring the world is awash in pink, yellow, and white. We see bunnies. We search for eggs (especially chocolate ones). We gasp with every new bud. Life is fresh.
Spring allows us to breathe again. We open windows to inhale the light. We clean windows and scrub floors. Needless items are tossed or given away. Spring cleaning is a shift toward a simpler, less cluttered existence.
Spring presents us with nature’s gifts. The bulbs we planted in the fall peek through the cold ground. We head to the nurseries to purchase sturdy spring flowers that hold their own against the unpredictable frosts. Crocuses smile simple tunes.
Spring allows us to shed layers. Winter boots are placed on shelves. Heavy coats are set aside for lighter jackets. Linens, cottons, and knits now replace heavy woolen sweaters. The lightness gives us consent to almost float.
Spring brings hope. Babies are born. Promises are made. Silent prayers are said. It is a season of change when we peak at new possibilities, test our faith in ourselves, and trust the infinite power of the universe.
Yesterday was dark. Today is light. Bring on spring and its boundless joy.