The winter of 2009-2010 was a difficult one for the northeast United States. Our area had a record snowfall, accumulating 78.7 inches of snow, obliterating the previous record of 65.5 inches. In fact, February alone had more snow than all other winters, save 3, in the history of snow record-keeping in Philadelphia.
So you'll forgive me if I am looking forward to spring.One day last week, I was outside sweeping the front walk - the snow drifts had melted enough that I could again use the front door rather than having to go through my garage. I was surveying the shrubs, looking for damage from the ice and snow, when something caught my eye.
It was unmistakably the stem and leaves of a daffodil plant. I poked around in the mulch and saw the shoots of some tulips bulbs. An involuntary giggle escaped from my lips. I grinned to myself as I saw tangible, concrete evidence that the worst winter on record would, in fact, end.
Over the weekend, unseasonably warm temperatures melted almost all of the remaining snowpack. Signs of spring were appearing in more and more places. I walked the dog without needing gloves and earmuffs. I went on a hike with my daughter. I contemplated wearing sandals!
The local ice cream shop opened and on Sunday it was so warm and sunny out we had ice cream before dinner (sorry Michael Pollan).
The weather is supposed to turn dreary again this weekend. But I don't despair. This recent respite from winter was all I needed to face the remainder of March. Until then I will be anticipating daffodils.