The same feeling can be triggered by different stimuli in different people. It can be a memory, likes, holidays, smells, or just a date on a calendar. What is your trigger indicator for spring?
Michigan is known for temperamental weather. It can be 70 degrees today and 40 tomorrow, so is temperature a good indication of spring? Here in Michigan you may be hunting Easter eggs under snow. Is it spring when the weather is consistently above 60 degrees? Is it spring when the tulips have bloomed but are then covered in snow? Can we rely on the weather to tell us it is spring?
Maybe your trigger that spring has arrived is when the daffodils or tulips bloom. Could it be newborn birds chirping in a nest, or a tiny bunny hopping across the front lawn? Spring is a time of rebirth. What about the smell of lilacs blooming on a tree? The smell of a fresh cut lawn? Scent is a very real trigger for memories. Has what indicated spring to you as a child changed now that you have become an adult?
What about Easter? It arrives with easter egg hunts, bunnies, spring dresses and special worship services. Does the arrival of Easter mean spring has arrived? The problem with Easter is it arrives anywhere from late March to sometime in April. Easter is a mental trigger for many that spring has arrived, but should it be? The weather doesn’t adjust itself to Easter’s arrival, so not a true indicator of spring.
Has spring arrived when a trip through the store includes displays of seed packets, seedlings, soil, mulch, rakes, shovels, and other items needed for gardening. What about the season opening of the local farmer’s market selling flowers and plants? Do these items trigger the feeling that spring has arrived?
The trigger indicators that spring has arrived are different for every person. They are brought on by things we have experienced in our lifetime that instills in us that degree of freshness, newness, that spring evokes in all of us. For me, one of the number one triggers that spring has arrived is when the shipping resumes on the St. Clair River. The vibration of ships as they go up and down the river, the sight of their lights at night as they pass by, the sound of fog horns in the morning. For me, shipping season means spring has arrived. What triggers the arrival of spring for you?