Early Spring begins with the Vernal Equinox
and lasts until April 8th, the day I was born.
April 8th is the first day of Mid-Spring, which we love
until May 14th, when the leaves are almost full
on the trees. May 14th is the first day of Late Spring,
which totally delights us until the final minute of
June 9th has passed. Then comes June 10th and
Early Summer. The water in the brooks gets lower
and warmer. The sun reaches its highest point
in the sky. Early Summer ends on the 4th of July;
then come the seemingly endless days of Mid-
Summer. They hold memories of childhood and
a kind of timelessness. Mid-Summer is over on
August 7, the day my friend had his annual birthday
party after Little League was over. In Late Summer, the
Winter we couldn't imagine in July seems to be edging
nearer. The first day of Early Fall is the day after
Labor Day. We went back to school then, and the
leaves had already started to turn. On the second
Monday of October, Mid-Fall begins. The tamaracks
are yellow, the crickets are silent, things are very still,
everything seems to be waiting for the snow. On the
day after Halloween, Late Fall Begins. We hope our
fire-wood is dry enough; we get the snow removal
tools ready, and maybe even have to use them. This
short season ends the Friday after Thanksgiving. Then
we are into Early Winter. The sun sets very early, we
can see our breath in the morning. The dark time has
begun, but the days pass quickly, as the holidays brighten
our spirits. Mid-Winter begins on December 26. Now,
the darkness presses against our windows at dinner time.
Glasses of wine and candle light are the best defenses. We
press on through January, talking about our garden and
keeping the house neat. Then comes Valentine's Day, the
first day of Late Winter. Each day is noticeably longer.
We start to wonder what Spring and Summer will be like.
On some days the snow melts, and we see little streams
running along the sidewalks. The sun climbs higher in the
sky, and we REJOICE!
A year in the life