Spring Won’t Sprung (or “It’s Spring?”)

Most years by mid – March there are 2 million confirmed cases of cabin fever in the greater Chicagoland area. This season “c fever” materialized in epidemic proportions not seen since the neverending winter of nineteen aught six.

This year we have suffered through the coldest, snowiest, most brutal winter in a generation. The medical community has stated that those few who have survived need sunshine and heat therapy stat. Fortunately, the calendar was in our favor or so we thought. Let me tell you about the first two official days of spring.

On Thursday March 20, the Evanston Township High School (ETHS) played its first varsity baseball game. I left work early to support my son (btw HE MADE THE TEAM!!). Traffic was bad and I did not arrive until the fifth inning.

The scene. Parents were dressed in winter coats and the smart ones had brought one or two blankets that were wrapped around them. Did I mention that it was 35 degrees? And windy. I have no idea how the boys could field, throw and hit in that weather. By the time the end of the sixth rolled around they had to thaw me with a blow torch. The game ended 5-5 and was called for darkness. And that was the best spring day so far.

Today it started snowing early this morning. On March 21 we have 3-5 inches of snow on the ground. I stayed home. Better to be in a cabin than out in the weather. There was to be the second baseball game of the season tomorrow but the rule on playing with snowshoes and using sled dogs has not yet been signed by the baseball commissioner.

Here is the view from our house at 5 pm March 21.

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Sorry, that is the beach in Mexico. This is today in Chicago.

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2 Responses to Spring Won’t Sprung (or “It’s Spring?”)

  1. Frank says:

    Wow…winter without end. Ugh.

    I really laughed at that two-picture sequence. Very well done. The palm tree shadow is enticing, indeed.

  2. rik says:

    yikes…seriously. it’s about time. here in kansas we’re still seeing brown, but the green is starting to show up, little by little.

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