Two Months Back in the Middle of March

10 Mar

By March, Boston is officially sick of winter. -Lonely Planet

You have to love New England weather. The way it snows overnight, surprising everyone, with 8 inches of messiness. A day later, I’m running outside in shorts in 60 degree heat. It’s unpredictable, requires a full range of outfit choices and provides everyone with some weather they love and some weather they loathe.

For all its grim visage, March in Boston is the season of hope, or at least it is supposed to be. – John Mitchell, The Paradise of All These Parts

The season of hope. An excellent time to have a birthday. New Years and September may be the times people “restart” their year naturally, set new goals, make changes. I always incorporate March as well. When a new year of life starts, I am ready to reset and start fresh.

On the 13th of March, after I had heard the bluebird, song-sparrow, and red-wing, the ice was still nearly a foot thick. – Henry David Thoreau, Walden

March is a mix of spring and storm, blizzard and balmy, snow and sunshine. Just when you start to feel spring is coming, the weather report covers the state with a cloud of white drops. Just when you ease back into the good parts of snow (the swirling flakes, hot cocoa, sledding) the sun comes out in force causing you to shed layers and consider sunblock.

The king could shut up the harbor, and keep out the ships; but he hasn’t the might to drive cold weather from Boston in the month of March! -James Fenimore Cooper, Lionel Lincoln

This weekend, I purged a lot of clothes, books and miscellaneous items from my apartment. There is no greater feeling for me than decluttering – making my life as simple and unencumbered as possible. It helped that spring sunshine outside put me in a spring cleaning mood. And that watching Biggest Loser contestants drop pounds and emotional baggage made me also want to feel lighter.

You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.
– Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time

I’m ready. Ready for spring and new challenges and the end of my year long work project. Ready for April and May…even though I’m (happily) two months back in the middle of March.

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