Winter is definitely my least favorite season and this one has been way too long. I would prefer that my winter coat, scarf, boots, mittens and heavy sweaters were already stored away for next December. I’m thinking forward to sandals, blouses, shorts and drinking my morning coffee in the sunshine on my porch.
Besides being able to feel changes in temperature, there are other ways that we as visually impaired persons can notice the coming of spring. In the coldest part of winter, the snow muffles outdoor sounds. All other creatures have either migrated, are hibernating, or are silent. Even though it’s still cold in February, the birds start singing and preparing for their seasonal nesting process. I look forward to the cardinals’ characteristic whistling. Their song gives me joy, reminds me that spring will really come again and contrasts sharply with the silence of mid-winter. Of course, the sound of melting snow cascading from roofs is also another welcome cue that the season is changing.
Spring also makes itself apparent with the smells of moist soil and awakening plants. Soon we will have the fragrance of spring flowers and before long the first whiffs of cut grass. For now, I’m enjoying the warmer feel of the sun on my face. Yesterday I accidentally stepped into some mud, but much prefer it to slipping on ice.
How do your senses alert you to the coming of spring? I hope you’ll leave a comment.
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