Here in the Eastern Time Zone, the vernal equinox occurred this morning at half-past midnight -- so here are some thoughts about spring, on its first day:
I love how it is often warm and rarely humid.
I love that bright, shimmering shade of green that new leaves give to old trees.
I love how wildflowers turn ordinary roadsides into vivid profusions of color and life.
I love going swimming with my daughter again.
I love watching my son run through the outdoors (see above!).
I love sitting outside in the afternoon and drinking a margarita beneath a cloudless blue sky.
I love spring training baseball.
And finally, I am riveted by the most intense pursuit in all of sports: the NHL playoffs.