Spring arrives at 11:57 a.m. Thursday. Today, therefore, is the last full day of winter.
To say that the winter of 2013-14 has been rough is the understatement of the year.
The list of woes that accompanied the soon-to-be-departed winter is long, indeed.
Here are just a few things we won’t miss about it:
n The phrase “polar vortex.”
n Subzero temperatures.
n Snow drifts across roadways.
n Wind chill factors.
n Potholes and broken pavement.
n Sliding off the road into the ditch.
n Those frozen, upheaved, washboard ridges across highways.
n Snow piles that obscure vision at street corners.
n Shoveling out sidewalks and driveways from the latest snowfall.
n Roadways and vehicles covered with that white, salty solution.
n Hugging the edge of the road to avoid an oncoming snowplow.
n Multiple snow days off from school.
n High heating bills.
n Campaign signs that are half buried in snowdrifts.
n Having to wear heavy coats, hats, ski masks, gloves, boots, long underwear, scarves, and all the other garb necessary to stay warm when it’s 15 degrees below zero.
But, hey, winter wasn’t all bad.
We will miss the magical basketball seasons put forth by area teams, including the Sauk Valley Community College women, Newman, Eastland and Dixon boys, and Eastland and Prophetstown girls.
We will miss the dedicated efforts by snowplow drivers to clear the way for everybody else. Excellent work, folks!
We will even sort of miss the huge, inflatable rat that kept company with picketing workers at Bay Valley Foods during the 22-day strike last month, which spanned some of winter’s coldest weather.
But the strike ended, and the rat is just a memory.
In one more day, the winter of 2013-14 will be a memory. A nightmarish one. Goodbye and good riddance!