A message from the first robin of springtime
A guest columnist welcomes the coming vibe shift
Oh, hello. I didn’t see you there. I was just busy enjoying a meal of seeds, fruits and/or small invertebrates. That can wait, though. Please, allow me to introduce myself.
That’s right, it’s me!—the first robin of springtime.
Now, of course, it’s not quite springtime yet—the season doesn’t officially change over for nearly three more weeks, as you and I both know—but I think we can agree that it feels imminent today. The bitter chill of February has ebbed in this shared habitat of ours, and we’ve been treated to a nice stretch of sunny, pleasant and warm days.
Spring may not be here, but it’s coming.
And here I am!
I’m sure you’re thrilled to see me; I know I would be. (I’m quite impressive, if I do say so myself.) The first robin of springtime! A thing like that.
Of course, you may not realize this, but the notion of a “first robin of springtime” is rooted in misconception.
You see, most of us are around all winter.
Sure, our behavior changes—in the warmer months, we’re more ter…