Monday, March 13, 2006

I've already sprung

This morning, I said to my husband, "I love spring. It takes all of two minutes to get the children dressed in shorts and t-shirts." And he, with some confusion, said, "What? It isn't spring yet."

He's going by the official start of spring, as determined by the sun. This year the official start of spring falls on March 20th.

But I measure time by months and always have.

March, April, May = Spring
June, July, August = Summer
September, October, November = Fall
December, January, February = Winter

I don't give a flying fig about the

1. Either of two points on the celestial sphere at which the ecliptic intersects the celestial equator.
2. Either of the two times during a year when the sun crosses the celestial equator and when the length of day and night are approximately equal; the vernal equinox or the autumnal equinox.
[Middle English, from Old French equinoxe, from Medieval Latin aequinoxium, from Latin aequinoctium : aequi-, equi- + nox, noct-, night.]
"equinox." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 13 Mar. 2006.