Spring is here to stay (finally…)

I’ve never longed for Spring as much as I have longed for it this winter.

After a brief appearance of Spring two weeks ago, Winter took over for one final hurrah. Unfortunately, this hurrah included a two day ice/snow/slush storm and almost two weeks straight with below zero degree Centigrade temperatures (about 24 degrees, but with the killer wind chill it goes down to around 14 degrees Fahrenheit.) Over the past two days, Spring has decided that it is here to stay.

The birds are singing and fluttering about again instead of the usual cowering and peering from naked tree branches with their feathers puffed indignantly. The sun is shining and the trees are sprouting flower buds. The wind is still strong and incessant but now it is cool and wet and soft, not bitter cold, dry and sharp. The fountains and artificial waterfall have been turned back on filling the international professor village with a wonderful aroma of algae from the long dormant waterfall mountain. If stale algae means Springtime, I say bring on the algae!

My classes have been going really well so far. I’m better organized, the students seem generally more active and focused. I’m full of optimism- It has been a long time since I was able to say that honestly.