This morning, I rose intending to drive the kids to school and then take a walk on the beach. It is the first day of spring, after all. Then, as I left the house, I was hit with weather, as in dark, cloud-filled skies, strong gusts of wind, and air heavy with the promise of rain.
This is not my spring language, folks, not since I moved south of the Mason-Dixon. And yet, spring kept on talking.
The thing is, Iâ€™d heard the weather forecast earlier in the day yesterday, and then promptly forgot it and planned a morning at the beach with no regard for the tornado-spawning nightmare predicted to blanket the Southeast.
Conveniently, I remembered the forecast on the way to school. Itâ€™s one of my skills, yâ€™all, remembering information after its peak usefulness has passed.
But then, I also thought I remembered the worst weather being forecasted for the afternoon. Maybe, I reasoned, the rising sun will burn away the cloud cover. I already had all my things in the car (thermos of coffee for caffeine purposes, power bar to fight back against mid-morning hunger, camera for first day of spring pictures, and computer for a work-stop at library afterward), so I decide to keep watch on the sky. After I dropped the kids off, I stalled for ten minutes by driving around the nearby streets, looking creepy, Iâ€™m sure, with one eye cast toward the sky.
After ten minutes of solid gray skies, I waved my white flag. Clear weather was not in this dayâ€™s future, it seemed.
When I got home, I googled quotations about spring and found this one, attributed to Henry Van Dyke: â€œThe first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.â€
This feels very true today; in my search I also learned of the storms that have already hit parts of Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia, and of the norâ€™easter headed toward our northern friends. My thoughts and prayers are with all impacted by this unspring-like weather spring is greeting us with, and my hope is that the first spring day will be far less than a month away from the first day of spring.