March 21, 2005
Spring has (Sort-of) Sprung
Posted by Christine Hurt

Yesterday was the first day of Spring around the world, although the "one-size-fits-all" equinox does not have the same meaning everywhere.  Here in Milwaukee, for instance, the first day of Spring simply means that winter will last six weeks longer.  In Houston, our former home, March 20 marks the fact that summer will begin in six days.

We celebrated by engaging in some pretty rigorous spring cleaning.  After hauling a huge load to Goodwill and carrying out who knows how many large garbage sacks, I am on the road to a new theory of "stuff."  I think I spend entirely too much time in the acquisition, transportation, cataloging, storage, sorting, and ultimate disposal of stuff.  The next time I'm at Target and see something on sale, I'm going to say, "No."

UPDATE:  In my hemisphere-centric blindness, I forgot that actually March 20 is not the first day of Spring "around the world."  South of the equator, it is the first day of Autumn.

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