Spring has arrived after a cold March 2022. Crocuses, squill, and snowdrops are blooming; the daffodils are pushing up buds. Despite weeks of cold rainy weather, we can begin to hope for sun and warmth. New Englanders live inured to this kind of weather. We know that spring is an iffy thing with fickle moods that comes and goes with unpredictable frequency.
To paraphrase Game of Thrones, “Oh, sweet summer child, did you really believe that winter was over?”
A Colorful Immigrant
Where our daughter lives, south of the Mason-Dixon Line, spring arrived a long time ago and snow (they did have some) is a memory. On the other hand, they can look forward to the arrival of native bugs that can’t survive a New England winter plus a new addition. Jorō spiders—large and colorful new immigrants that may reach their state,
These golden orb weavers grow to about the size of your palm and spin thick webs everywhere. They are gender dimorphic, which means the females are bigger than the males.
Jorō spiders hitchhiked from Japan on a container shipment, probably through the big Port of Savannah. They have been around for 10 years and are spreading into the South. They can’t bite us, however, because their fangs aren’t long enough to break the skin. I guess that makes me feel better.
On the whole, though, I prefer winter.
Roundup of March 2022 Posts
I continued my new series of Art Hiding in Plain Sight with two posts on enormous murals that can be found in public buildings. I have many more on my list that are worth a visit and readers keep making recommendations. They let me know about works of art that I never heard of. I love learning new and interesting things Art Hiding like this.
Here is the roundup of March 2022 posts by category.
- Animals, Testing and Emotions — Aline
Boston and History
- N.C. Wyeth’s Banking Murals – Aline
- Liberty Square and Three Rebellions — Aline
- Robert Motherwell’s JFK Murals — Aline
Friends and Family
- How to Host a Family Reunion – Guest Post
Lifestyle and Culture
- Adulting Skills for Today’s Schools – Aline
- On My Mind: March 2022 – Susanne
- The Lure of Wordle – Aline
- Celebrity Gossip: The Big Slap — Aline
Tour Season Arrives
The tour season arrives this month, although it won’t pick up steam until May or June. Then I can start leading walking tours of Boston or riding a bus full of cruise ship passengers and giving them an overview of the city.
It will be great to have things return to normal — or almost normal. With this virus, one never knows what will happen.
Still, I welcome the tour season as another harbinger of spring and one, that for once, won’t mean isolation, social distancing, worry and fear.