Thursday, March 20, 2008
Spring is definitely springing here in New York. The daffodils have been spiking up through the ground for a couple of weeks now in the garden in front of our building, and yesterday I noticed that they’ve formed little yellow buds. So in a few days we should have daffodils in our garden.
When I was walking in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village last weekend, I saw the familiar purple huddles of crocuses amid the muddy thaw.
And of course the temperatures are warmer and the days brighter and longer. I’m still wearing my coat, because it’s a bit on the chilly side, but I don’t even bother to button it up. The scarf hangs limply around my neck. Soon it will be time to pack it away entirely, which is always SUCH a relief. You don’t really realize what an encumbrance a coat is until you don’t have to carry one anymore.
And then there’s the rain -- real, cleansing spring rain. It was raining yesterday morning as I walked to work, and the gutters were running with an irridescent film of oil, carrying all the street filth -- for better or worse -- into the storm drain. Now the city does seem cleaner.
Bring on the spring!
(Photo: Gate near Gramercy Park, March 2008)