Posted by: mydarkestplaces | April 6, 2009

Spring is officially here…

There are a lot of things that are wonderful about spring. Winter being over, flowers, winter being over, warm, and did I mention the fact that winter’s over? The question becomes, where does spring officially begin? For some, March 20th is the official date. Science says that’s the day, so that must be it. Others say spring’s not over until the last bit of snow has melted. That must be rough on our friends to the north since that can take an awful long time. Still others count spring as the day after the first two full weeks of temperatures above freezing. These are all great criteria to judge when spring has arrived. For me, however, spring doesn’t actually arrive until Opening Day. That’s what yesterday day was, and boy I have NEVER had a day more indicative of spring than yesterday. (Segue into waxing poetic about Portland, spring, and baseball). 

Yesterday my friends and I came to a crossroads of spring mile markers. On our leisurely meander downtown (it was far too nice to drive…a big change from a month and a half ago!), we saw flowers galore. And not just the recently planted, but more the recently blooming. What a relief to see green grass and multi-colored flowers instead of grey and brown heaps of half melted snow. But that was just the beginning of our walk through spring! We had the opportunity to drink iced coffee, without having to note the irony in drinking iced coffee when the temperature is below freezing. It was the Chocolate Lover’s Fling, a smorgasbord of delicious chocolate that goes to support an extraordinarily important cause. We sat out on the deck at the beer garden – without being layered head to toe in down, fleece, or some combination thereof. We barbecued, drank blackberry wheat ale, and watched the most important indicator of spring – Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season. 

This is the time of year that I look forward to the most. No more NFL. NHL and NBA are wrapping up, and soon I get to hear the dulcet tones of Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo analyzing the ups and downs of the Red Sox season. I get to see the score updates on my Dashboard Widget. And I get to watch as the Red Sox prove again why they are one of the pre-eminent teams in Major League Baseball. Opening Day for the Sox was postponed today, but there’s still tomorrow. And at the very least there’s still another six months of flashing the glove and swinging the bat. Baseball season has started, and spring is here to stay.


  1. Almost makes me want to watch a game…almost. :) Miss you!

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