Here in the northern hemisphere, it is the official first day of spring.
It is the day of the vernal equinox, that moment when the sun shines directly on the equator, when one season ends and a new one begins. That moment occurs today at 6:45 pm EDT.
For me, it is still winter. The thermometer agrees; it is exactly 32°F at this moment while I enjoy my hot morning tea and cozy warm sweater on this last winter morning.
It has been a good winter. I have had plenty of snow and cold and good birds and completed projects. And there might even be some more snow today. I love winter.
Like most people, I also love spring. I appreciate and need the revitalization of colors and plant growth, the arrival of summer birds, the warm sunny breezes on my face, and the energy that comes with the season. But I also feel a sense of apprehension. Winter is sometimes called fierce, and summer described as unrelenting. I find that spring has a force of urgency and determination that can be intimidating. It will push its way in without hesitation.
So I will savor every last moment of winter today. Then, this evening, and not a moment before, I will welcome spring with open arms.