This time of year is good for one thing - contrast.
Extremes. That's two things.
Everybody in the know, knows there are only two seasons in New England. Winter and summer.
Summer begins on July 1 and ends on August 31. Winter begins on September 1 and ends on June 30.
So it is still winter.
BUT, when you get a 70 degree day in early April, man that is exquisite. You come alive, your heart jumps for joy, you run around in circles repeating "I'm happy to be alive, I'm happy to be alive!." You dive out of second story windows and tuck and roll across your lawn (unless it is still covered with snow), you pour yourself a stiff shot of something expensive and delicious and toast to warmth and freedom.
Yeah, the weather jumps right back to cold again but that is the fun of it. You have had a taste and you know there will be more. More random days when the weather will reward you in a way you deserve. So until then you put your head down, again, button up and say "Fuck this" until, suddenly, it is 70 degrees again.
In the middle of winter. It's a gas, man.
Yeah, man I am softening up - I like this time of year. Not enough consistent warmth but there is hope - there is a taste and there are smiles. Jesus Christ that first warm day, that first warm burst brings about resurrection. Suddenly you realize that your life is about to change - you will be able to dress lighter, no fucking snow shovel, you can live on your screened-in porch or in the sun (if you are bold).
You feel lighter. Dark and cold are bad things. Sun and warmth are life.
You feel the excitement of possibility. Right? Maybe you can lose some weight, maybe you will find a better paying job, maybe your ship will come in.
Maybe you will find a way to tip the scale of your life more towards fun and less towards drudgery.
Wouldn't that be a fucking blast?
It's coming. It is coming, baby.
Got the French doors open right now. Sitting here in a t-shirt. What could be bad about that on April 15, 2017?
That's all. I am feeling exuberant. And this is the 3rd day this month I have felt that way.
That is a pretty good start, baby.