Hope springs eternal, and that is especially true for local people waiting on the arrival of spring, which officially begins today.
Jim Truber, of Shipshewana, was taking a smoke break along Main Street Wednesday as he pondered when spring would arrive.
“July,” he said with a laugh.
“It’s been a rough winter, it’s been very rough, but I think we’re starting to see the signs (of spring), I’m seeing a few buds popping out, a few birds out, that’s all good signs,” he said.
Stacy Dechnik, of Goshen stopped to think about the question as she adjusted the hood on her overstuffed winter coat on Washington Street.
“No, I think we have a couple weeks, maybe a month,” she said. Dechnik said that living in the Midwest all her life she is used to the back-and-forth nature of the winter-to-spring transition.
“It always does this, it gets warm and we get excited and then it snows again. I mean it’s not fun, I always think everyone always gets a little bummed out, we get excited but it’s always expected, it happens every year.”
Will Higgins, of Indianapolis, said he won’t feel like its spring until he can take out his motorcycle again.
“It’s getting there, this is better than it was two weeks ago, but with the snow still piled along the roadway it doesn’t feel like spring yet,” he said.
Ted Wilson, of Wakarusa, a bird watcher, said he is finally beginning to see the signs of spring.
“I’ve been watching the birds in my backyard and the cardinals are singing their mating song so that’s the first sign,” he said. “I’m seeing the birds pairing up so it’s coming.”
“The sun is coming up earlier and going down later and the Earth is warming so spring is coming,” he said.