Today we had the “first of spring” (defined in my homeland as the first gust of the year from the south between the First Day of Spring and spring equinox) in the town I reside. It is actually pretty horrible weather – things get blown off and knocked down, warm air carried by the wind causes avalanches and flood, rising temperature resulting in pollen dispersion… And meteorologically, the day after “first of spring” blows it usually returns to winter weather.
Although it is a bit of an ordeal, it is a sign that comes in the middle of wintery coldness that springy warmth is just around the corner. It is like a glimpse of hope during hard times that things will turn around soon, telling you to hold on for a little while longer. “First of spring” – what a pretty name my people have given to a hint of better days to come.
When spring is in the air, birds sing, bees buzz, flowers bloom… all sorts of things burst out anew. All that novelty is what triggers the brain chemical dopamine to be released and make you fall in love, says American anthropologist H.F. Now, I know there are a lot more to love than just a chemical, but spring does put you in the mood for love, does it not? In my mother tongue, “cat’s love” is a phrase which acts as seasonal reference for spring in traditional poetry – how about that!
And love, that is another thing that makes you want to hold on (to), I think. It could be the love of your loved ones that gives you that extra boost of energy. It could be the love you have for your loved ones that makes you take that extra step forward. It could be the love you have for the object of affection that makes you want to go that extra mile. Whatever the case may be, show your love today… after all, it is Valentine’s Day!
Here is mine, with a little help from the lines of my favourite ’90’s American sitcom M.A.Y.
Husband: Why is it I love you any more in the middle of February than on, say, August 21st? You know, to me, every day with you is Valentine’s Day.
Wife: So, in other words, you forgot to buy me a card.
Husband: That’s what I’m saying.
Um, no cards, but a photo of some chocolates, some flowers, and some love!