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First Signs of Spring

March 8, 2009

Here are 10 things that happened today that made me think that, despite the calendar, today really was the first day of spring.

  1. Most of the snow is gone, except for that one patch at the zoo playground that stays until May.
  2. The air smells like dogs have been by, if you know what I’m saying.
  3. A long-lost favourite toy is found in the yard. In this case, it was a piglet Littlest Pet Shop.
  4. We go hiking in sweaters and galoshes, not parkas and boots.
  5. I consider getting the driveway redone. This wears off every spring after I realize how much it’ll cost.
  6. There’s a trail of mud from the kitchen door to the fridge and back outside again, and suspiciously fewer cheese strings.
  7. A guy rides by on a bike, balancing a 12 of cheap beer on his handlebars. Well, this didn’t actually happen today, but I was expecting it to.
  8. My 10-year-old figures out a sneaky way to wear running shoes outside.
  9. We set the clocks ahead.
  10. A flight of Canada Geese flew overhead at 6:25. Magic.

Of course, we’ll get at least one more big snowfall. But it won’t last. And in a few weeks, the barbecue will be going, the patio set will be re-assembled, the bikes will be tuned up and another great Canadian summer will be upon us.

Happy spring, everyone.

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