Our first kids were born Monday to a first time mom. I had to spend a bit of time with them before she accepted her new role. Once everyone was separated, isolated, cleaned up, fed, watered and the newborns were eating I wandered back to the house the long way.
Spring is when life begins again. The snow melts, the creeks and rivers rise, aquifers and reservoirs refill. Bulbs pop through recently frozen ground, trees and shrubs put out new buds and begin pollination (reproduction), bugs come to life, birds move North and build new nests, bunnies are born, bears come out of hibernation, hens start setting, chicks start hatching, it’s calving, lambing, kidding season. The life cycle begins anew!
So I ask again, shouldn’t the Spring Equinox be New Year’s Day?
Then we have Spring Fever where many people experience and/or observe various mood, physical, or behavioral changes. We may seem to have more energy and inadvertently lose weight. We may experience some inherent desire to start fresh thus inspiring us to do some Spring Cleaning. We throw open the windows to exchange musty air for fresh, clean, new air. We go on Spring Break or plant Spring Flowers. And if we don’t have our own flowers in the garden, we use silk or bring some home from the florist to brighten up the house. The young man’s thoughts turn to romance and the old man turns to the seed catalog. Some of us just can’t wait to get our hands in the dirt and get the rototiller stuck in the mud to kick off Spring. All of these activities beat suffering a hangover while watching football.
Shouldn’t the Spring Equinox be New Year’s Day?
The Equinox (Spring and Autumn) occurs when the sun crosses the celestial equator, when the days and nights are of equal duration. This is a law of nature, or God if you prefer, that has been used for thousands of years to mark time ie, Stonehenge. Here’s an interesting site, if you’re interested