Pay no attention to the date, it's all about what you see and feel when you step outside. Today in NJ it is 50 degrees. I stepped outside and the sun was shining. I set out to see if anything was shooting up from the ground. I saw the tiny green shoots of the crocuses, and even some green tulip shoots. But the clincher was when I saw a cluster of lovely snow drops.
You only have to see one flower. It progresses rapidly from there. The irises above, won't come till May, but they will be here before you know it.
When I taught English to Japanese students, I learned as much from them as they learned from me. Japanese culture celebrates the seasons. Of course in the Spring, there is Ohanami, Waiting for the Cherry Blossoms, and in the Fall, is Momijigari, waiting for the leaves to change color. They make whole holidays out of these events.
I often taught students in their homes and they would change the interior decor with colorful seasonal displays. So now I do it too. It's a great way to give a purpose to all my knickknacks.
So after a very exhilerating walk, I rushed home. I whipped off the Valentine's Day table cloth, which has a lot of red in it, and cupids mid-air. I got out my tulip covered cloth. I put out a green fairy in honor of St. Paddy's Day. All my ceramic blue birds came out of hiding as well.
All of this was uplifting and fun for me. I'm feeling terribly cheerful as I write this. Blotted from my mind are men who are cannibals, congress people who don't care if the ship sinks, a crying man who lost his precious child to a gun that splats your insides in a way that makes a bullet seem benevelant, and on and on, as they plague us with the day's news. No, those snowdrops made it all disappear in an instant. HAPPY SPRING, don't wait until March 20th. WE NEED IT NOW!