Spring arrived at 6:28 this morning, and while Spring is officially now here, it actually really takes a little while longer before it actually starts to feel like Sping here in Central Ontario.
I remember as kids on the first day of Spring, we’d all go outside to play without our jackets on, freeze ourselves and then get sick and stay that way until it actually started to feel like Spring outside.
The calendar doesn’t seem to have it quite right in our part of the world. Instead of December 21st, winter generally arrives closer to the middle of November, and instead of Spring arriving March 20th, it’s generally closer to April 15th by the time things start to really start to thaw right out.
So on February 2nd, when the groundhog suggests 6 more weeks of winter, it’s basically a slam dunk for a prediction. There’s always going to be 6 more weeks of winter in our part of the world! It’s only when he predicts an early Spring like this year that he gets it wrong.
While the calendar says it’s Spring, don’t put away the snow shovels just yet. The real sign that Spring is arriving is when the NHL starts their playoffs and you’re inside watching hockey while at the same time you can hear the bells of the Dikki Dee kid coming up the street in your neighbourhood. Then, you’ll know Spring has really arrived.