Know what happens in three days?
Last weekend we got daylight savings. This Sunday we get the vernal equinox. We did it, kids—we made it through winter! Most everyone welcomes the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures, but for us car-free folk, the change of the seasons is a particular relief.
For us, it means:
- less bundling and unbundling,
- less shivering at the bus stop,
- less missing our bicycles to pieces,
- and less begging friends for rides.
And it means more feelings of independence and competence in our car-freeness.
What’s more, today in northwest Indiana (yes, I’m back in the U.S.A.!), we’re having a sneak-peek of what’s to come, as the sun is out and temperatures are in the 60s. I carpe diem-ed and went on a bike ride. I didn’t have to snuggle my nose into my collar, the air didn’t sting my throat, and my toes didn’t ache after four miles.
In fact, the only indication that it was mid-March and not late-April were the sheets of ice still clinging to the top-most waters of Pine Lake, thinning all the while in the post-winter sun and breaking into smaller and smaller sheets.
The sight made me think of some lyrics that I love for their hopeful message of cleansing and fresh starts:
Clear as ice, oh clear as ice,
Dripping down from a rock.
Spring will come, and so will fall.
All my enemies have finally fled, they’ve finally fled and gone.
– “Wind is Blowing Stars” by Laura Veirs
Our wintry enemy is on the run, and we, car-free friends, have cause for celebration. How will you celebrate spring this weekend?