I’ll start with a quote; “What New England is, is a state of mind, a place where dry humor and perpetual disappointment blend to produce an ironic pessimism that folks from away find most perplexing” ― Willem Lange
Where is away you ask, anywhere else of course. As the quote suggests we are used to perpetual disappointment and our yearly travels into Spring time are no different than the rest. The sayings about weather in these here parts could go on and on until the cows come home. “Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.” ― Mark Twain “Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn’t start a conversation.” ― Kim Hubbard “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” ― Mark Twain ”We have two seasons: winter and the Fourth of July.”
“In New England we have nine months of winter and three months of darned
poor sledding.” ”Take off your flannels before the first of May, and you’ll have a doctor’s bill to
pay.” I think you get the idea. If you could only hear it said in the accent of the old farmer you’d be laying on the floor laughing now.
My point is that about this time we get pretty sick of winter and we are searching for signs anywhere that Spring is on it’s way. There hasn’t been a hint of green since sometime around the end of October in these here parts, the wood pile is down to a nub and all the stores we put up last summer are dwindling to nothing. We are simply worn to a raveling. The problem is that a whole lot of winter is still left despite what any calendar says about Spring. Hell, we won’t get leaves on the trees until the first week of May, that’s 11 weeks away! Alright maybe that doesn’t seem awfully long to you but when we just had two feet of snow less than two weeks ago and the weather man comes on and says a Nor’Easter is brewing, two storms will collide leaving a low to the east of the Cape and we will get plowable snow (yes plowable is a word HERE) and then he says well I think it’ll only be a foot which is much better than the last one (the aforementioned two foot blizzard) AND he delivers it as though that is GOOD news.