37. the season between winter and summer: in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice; in the Southern Hemisphere from the autumnal equinox to the winter solstice.
38. (in temperate zones) the season of the year following winter and characterized by the budding of trees, growth of plants, the onset of warmer weather, etc.
39. the first stage and freshest period
While I understand that technical definition of our weather and time of year, I think most of the definitions are appropriate for what we think of as the freshest period of the year. Even definition #1:
1. to rise, leap, move, or act suddenly and swiftly, as by a sudden dart or thrust forward or outward, or being suddenly released from a coiled or constrained position
Think about the beautiful daffodils whose bulbs have been wintering underground – sometimes even through the lingering snow, they thrust outward and we are charmed by their yellow softness. Or the Bradford Pear trees whose beauty has been hidden for months and now, it seems overnight, have thousands of blossoms that make them look like a giant snowballs.
As much as I love Georgia – and I’ve lived here long enough that I consider it my ‘home’ state – I have to say that it is ugly in the winter. All stark browns and red clay, usually muddy, nature looking dried up and shriveled. But when that first spring day hits, you can smell it in the air and the next thing you know there is new life all over giving us hope. Hope that in our lives we can also spring forth – and that is a good thing.
Untie a ribbon in your life – you might find an adventure!