On Signs of a False Spring

Today, it felt like spring.

No, it wasn’t as warm as springtime often is.

No, there were still mounds of snow in parking lots and a glaze of ice on the sidewalks.

No, the sun was still far too low in the sky, and the clouds shifted awkwardly throughout the day.

And yet!

After weeks of sub-twenty degree temperatures, a day in which the sun broke through the clouds, in which blue sky could be seen, in which white, wispy clouds floated lazily in the high, thin air, in which the thermometer flirted with near-fifty degrees, one could be forgiven for wanting to see trees budding and flowers breaking through the dirt or the smells of springtime in the air.

I expected mulch, to be honest.

I know, it’s mid-January. We’ll have another cold snap (or three), more snow and ice, before all is said and done. It’s still winter.

But, for a few hours today, it really seemed like spring.

And I welcomed it.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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