Pat’s Bits & Pieces- Spring? Well maybe

Pat Maurer, Review Correspondent

Well it is officially here!

The first day of spring arrived this morning (Wednesday) at 7:30 a.m. according to the news.

I just wish someone would inform Mother Nature about it because it sure isn’t noticeable out here on the Tobacco.

It sure isn’t the same as last year, when the mercury in the thermometer was in the mid-eighties on the first official day of the new season.

The only thing that seems the same is the very welcome sunshine this afternoon, that at least is melting some of the snow off the roads, at least until Mr. Sun goes down and the roads all freeze up again.

Ah Michigan.

You can’t really expect temps above 80 degrees this time of year. Let’s face it, last year was a fluke and unlikely to happen again for a long, long, long time, and probably not in my lifetime.

But it would be nice if we had temps in the normal range for this time of year – in the forties at least during the day instead of our current 20s?

I guess it is what it is. You know there is a great philosophy for those of us who live in this unpredictable state. If it is nice, it is very, very nice and you should enjoy it while you can.

You know to live here you have to be an optimist, or at least some of our founders must have been.

Michigan has 276 cities, 257 villages, 1,240 townships, and numerous unincorporated communities in its 83 counties. Twelve of those communities or townships begin with the word “spring,” and six more have the word “spring” somewhere in their name.

Of course they probably were all named for water rather than weather… Berrien Springs, Cedar Springs, Harbor Springs?

In fact water plays a part in loads of community and township names. There are 19 that begin with “lake” and nine more that have it as part of their name. There are at least six that start with “river” too.

I’ve been playing with Google this afternoon – can’t you tell?

If it would help, especially when it’s the middle of March and still in the 20s, I would start a petition to add “spring” to every single community name in Michigan. I am that tired of this stuff.

Of course that is another thing we are known for in this state – complaining about the weather – and we do it so well!

Complain, gripe, grouse about it all you want, but Spring will get here in her own sweet time, and when she finally arrives, it will mark the beginning of the time when Michigan is the best place in the world to live and play.

“The seasons, like great tides, ebb and flow across the continents. Spring advances up the United States at the average rate of about 15 miles a day. It ascends mountainsides at the rate of about a hundred feet a day. It sweeps ahead like a flood of water, racing down the long valleys, creeping up hillsides in a rising tide.”

Beautifully said, that is the beginning of the book, “North With The Spring,” by Pulitzer Prize winning author and naturalist Edwin Way Teale.

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