crocuses spring
by Ali Berman
Categories: Healthy Living, Lifestyle.

Here in lower New York we got about 6 inches of snow last night. That means that tomorrow, on the first day of spring, we’ll still have a blanket of snow all around. So instead of enjoying the first day of the season of rebirth by looking at all the new buds, we’ll make a list of the things we’re very excited about seeing…eventually.

1. Crocuses, tulips and other early bloomers

I’ll admit, I’ve seen some snow drops already. Those hardy little flowers show up even when there is still snow on the ground. But the real sign that spring is here are the crocuses, small purple and yellow flowers, that come out in full force. They don’t last long, but that splash of color before the trees have regrown their leaves brighten up a very brown world.

2. Early peas, kale, spinach and more

If you’re a gardener, you can’t wait to get your cold weather veggies into the ground. Soon it will be time to plant crops like kale, arugula, early peas, beets, radishes and chard. After relying on grocery store veggies all winter long, it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to go outside and pick your own again. For urban gardeners, for things like kale, you don’t need a full garden, just maybe a deck or other sunny spot. Don’t have room for that either? Don’t worry. Farmers markets will also be back.

3. Putting away the coats

On the first sunny day when it hits 55 degrees and everyone sheds their sweaters and coats, it’s going to feel like you’ve lost 10 pounds. Spring and summer clothes are much smaller than winter attire so the amount of laundry you’ll be doing will also decrease. Plus, there is no better feeling than wearing a sun dress or a tank top on the first warm day. It’s almost like being nude in public.

4. Getting out of the house

Now that we get an additional hour of sunlight in the evening, it won’t be dark when you get home from work. Add in some warmer weather, and you’ll feel ready to get out of the house instead of changing into your warm flannel pajamas. Seasonal affective disorder, also known as the winter blues, has a lot to do with feeling trapped inside, barely seeing the sun (since most of us are in an office or classroom all day), so very soon we’ll all be able to increase our happiness simply by stepping outside. Maybe biking, hiking or throwing a ball around.

5. Welcoming the birds back

During the spring my cats and I spend countless hours watching the birds who have recently migrated back to the area as they dine at our feeders. So far, we’ve got cardinals and tufted titmice but soon I expect we’ll see the red-bellied woodpecker, robins, doves, the bright yellow American finch and many more. They’ll wake us up with their songs and basically bring a whole lot of life back to what has been a very grey winter.


We’re counting on you spring. While we hate a warm winter (because of climate change), we have no problem with the sun coming out when it’s supposed to. We’re ready when you are!

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About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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