Do You Have Spring Fever?

Christina Lantz explains why she's ready for spring.

Alright, that’s it! I give! I know I said I loved winter and snowfall-blah, blah. But last week’s 50 degree weather gave me a bit of spring fever. Now, I’m ready for spring!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a big outdoorsy kind of girl and, if the weather report said we were in for a big snow storm, I’d still say bring it on. But slowly, the days are getting longer and signs of spring are blooming like daffodils.  The itch to go out for a walk without the need for long johns and a parka has overcome me. 

For the past several mornings, I have noticed the birds out chirping. One of my cats has noticed this, too. Running from window to window making chirping sounds of her own, she’s obsessed with them. 

She’s tripped me more than once zipping to the window, crouching down and flicking her tail like it’s the first time she’ ever seen a bird. I swear she’s going to lose her mind one of these days. It makes my morning tea all the more enjoyable.

I think even the air smells different now. To me, the smell of the air has changed from a cold raw winter air to more alive and fresh. It smells cleaner and purified like opening the windows in your house for the first time of the season. 

Last week, when I was grocery shopping, I could actually smell the salty ocean on the air. That was the first time in months I could actually smell anything outside besides my woodstove. It was refreshing to take a nice deep breath and not feel the winter air needle my lungs or start coughing because it’s so cold.

The sun feels warmer, too. Has anyone else noticed that?

Usually, winter sunshine is isn’t that warm. At some point unbeknownst to me, the sun started to become warm again.

Last week, it was nice to stand in my yard and feel the sun’s warmth on my face. I can tell the weather is changing when the inside of my car is warm from sitting in the sun. Even my cats have started basking in the warmth of the sunlight, following it around the house. 

However, along with the fresh air and the rebirth of spring come my allergies. Granted, I don’t have bad springtime allergies, but I never had them as a child. 

The first year I developed allergies, I didn’t know what was happening. My eyes felt swollen and watery and I couldn’t go 10 minutes without blowing my nose. It wasn’t until days later I realized it was. 

Of course, sometimes the allergy medicine is worse than the allergy itself. If you’re not careful, you could end up taking one of those non, non-drowsy allergy pills and wake up in July. Maybe that’s the way to do it.  Sleep through the allergy season entirely and wake up in time for the Fourth. 

Even still, as spring approaches, I will sit in the sun next to my cats. While they bask in the sunlight and listen to the chirping of the birds, I will sit there with my tissue and watch spring unfold through watery swollen eyes. 

Joe Sousa. February 26, 2011 at 12:35 PM
I saw a sure sign of spring the other day. Lawn chairs and grills being put out at the local hardware. It feels warmer already.
Christina Lantz February 26, 2011 at 12:48 PM
No kidding, Joe! It might be psychological but I really don't care. The other day my husband said he knows warmer weather is coming because NASCAR has started back up.


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