Wednesday: Popular American Culture and Politics

“Came the Spring, with all its splendor.  All its birds and all its blossoms, all its flowers and leaves and grasses.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Spring is here, and whether you prefer Longfellow, Williams, or cummings, your favorite poet has waxed eloquent about its burgeoning beauty.  

So what is it about the Spring that has us all reaching for the flowing skirts and bright colors?  It’s more than just the temperature.  “It’s that time of year when the world falls in love….”  Forget the Christmas Waltz.  That  line is all springtime.  The once-barren sentinels of winter sprout new growth and then blush with buds, while the grasses and the tulips and the pansies struggle out of the wet earth.  Every creature in the park is chasing a mate, squirrel tails and robins wings flying through the branches.  You know you’ve stopped to watch them and marvel at the tenacity of the animal kingdom in pursuit.

But we’re all in the animal kingdom, aren’t we?  Spring comes with short skirts and hopeful glances.  We ditch the overcoats, the boots, the scarves – all that mess of wool and warmth we’ve hidden beneath for months on end, jettisoned with joy.  It’s SIXTY-FIVE DEGREES OUTSIDE TODAY.  To hell with the rain, I’m wearing a t-shirt and sandals.  Someone book me a pedicure.  

The men look more dapper, the nantucket reds and linen button-downs begin to appear.  The women, more fair, with perfectly painted digits and circle skirts of diaphanous material.  Everyone has Spring in their step.

Forget the science behind it.  It’s just fun to meditate on the fact that despite our man-made evolutionary strides – from the industrial revolution to the transportation revolution to the cyber sprint – we’re all still subject to the whims of the earth’s rotation.  

So give up, give in, and do something Springy today, whether you paint your nails the perfect pink, or bat your eyes at an eligible mate.  ‘Tis the season to be flirty.

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