Then Thanksgiving rolls around that signals an end to Autumn. Of course it does. We have had three full months of apples, pumpkin spice lattes and brilliant fall color. Christmas is frighteningly close and Christmas is Winter. So chuck out the turkey and pilgrims and embrace WINTER! Snow scenes and Santas. Sleighs swooshing through a forest of bare trees. Hot chocolate, hot rum and chilled eggnog emerge. Skiing and sledding abound until cupids, hothouse roses and sweetheart candy take over. Winter begins about a month early and hangs about until after Valentines Day.
Suddenly when the Valentine Candy is consumed and the roses begin dropping it's petals, it's Spring again! Romance and Twitterpation signal nesting birds and tiny bunnies. Colorful eggs and new clothes. All eyes eagerly seeing sprigs of green grass growing up through the patches of snow and chilly mud. Snowdrops appear as well as plowed fields. The seed catalog ordering lines are busy with long waits. Yet the calendar says spring is over a month away.
Marching out of spring early once again happens when the sun beats down upon us in late May. Flags bloom all over cemetery lawns. The pools and resorts open officially for the summer season. The stores are filled with swim fins, bathing suits and beach towels. The prices go up and the picnic areas are overflowing.
Summer is, again just about a month away.
We are all so mixed up!!! My suggestion? Simply change the dates.
March 21 should be re-named March 1.
June 21 and be re-named June 1
September 21 should be re-named September 1
December 21 should be re-named December 1
Then our months would be correct.
Spring would be officially March, April and May
Summer, June, July and August
Fall, September, October and November
and...Winter, December, January and February.
It would just feel right.
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