Around here, spring comes in fits and starts. Everybody has a different idea on when it begins, but me? I was finally convinced that spring is here this morning during my run, when IÂ noted three indisputable signs of the season:
1. Peepers According to my research department (Wikipedia), peepers “are heard early in spring not long after the ice melts on the wetlands.” This morning I noted that the peepers are peeping — and while the wetlands near my house are diminishing, thanks mostly to hideous and ill conceived residential development, the peepers still peep.
2. Skunks I don’t know where the skunks go in the winter, but in the spring they emerge from their hidey holes and stink up the neighborhood. Never champs at crossing busy roadways, I found one this morning that had become the proverbial dead skunk in the middle of the road, as imortalized by Loudon Wainwright III.
3. Worms Another mystery of nature, the spring brings worms who slither out onto the sidewalks and driveways after rain. There were many of them this morning, albeit very skinny ones, for it has been a long winter. It is my observation that they do not stick to running shoes. Could squished worms be used to improve a product or process? Perhaps.
So, welcome spring! None of us will be here forever, so don’t take it for granted.
4 thoughts on “Spring Has Sprung”
Both cars in the garage, smelling of wet squashed worms… Perhaps worse than flattened skunk. Even the chipmunk bailed before I closed the door.
One sure sign of spring is the reappearance of grackles (even more so than robins). The empty the bird feeder in a day or two, make a mess, chase away Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal and copiously shit all over my pool cover.
I enjoy their iridescence.
I’m with Rob: http://indiemoines.com/2007/04/18/grackle/