Today was Spring. Yesterday was spring too, technically. Today however, was the warmest and sunniest day I believe we’ve seen since… probably October. To celebrate, I thought I might write a bit of a rambling post to go along with the fantastic mood I’m in.
Spring began March 20th and that will probably be ingrained in my memory forever. A italian friend of mine wouldn’t stop talking for two weeks about how excited she was for it before it came and then, when it finally did, how disappointed she was that it wasn’t magically sunnier out every day!
(I think today made up for most everyone’s antipathy with the recent weather however.)
We had planned to put together a special event to celebrate the coming of Spring, but since it had rained that weekend, we postponed and made plans for Easter weekend. The two of us and another friend got together and planned a special meal of Melanzane alla Parmigiana (eggplant parmesan). In the end, we spent almost the entire weekend together, as most of our other friends were off on their own adventures.
But, as I mentioned, today was really a day to celebrate. Unfortunately, I woke up today after a night out that didn’t end spectacularly well and, despite the sunshine, was not really planning to go anywhere. I resigned myself to rocking out to Zeppelin and trying to get myself to do some of the work that’s been piling up lately.
It’s incredibly beautiful out today. I’m listening to nothing but Led Zeppelin. #cravingsummer
— Drew(@DrewPGL) April 14, 2013
…. Until I received an invitation to head off to the park with some friends.
We lay out under the sun with what seemed like hundreds of other people (mostly students) in the park, enjoyed some ice cream, and did our best not to think of all the work we have to finish before our holidays begin. After a few hours, it was time to head back, and I was practically bouncing off the sidewalk with a vitamin D overdose.
To be honest, the day was somewhat bittersweet. As the days get warmer and longer, and exams creep nearer, we’re reminded again and again that our time left together is limited. On the other hand, today was also a teasing reminder of sweet summers back home and having beers on the back patio with the family. A point has been reached where thinking about going home brings a conflicted sense of guilt. Ready to go home, not ready to say goodbye; Wanting the school year and work to end, but knowing that everyone will scatter to the winds once it does.
There’s not much we can do now except turn up the music and soak in these moments.
At last the sun is shining, The clouds of blue roll by,
With flames from the dragon of darkness, the sunlight blinds his eyes.
– The Battle of Evermore, Led Zeppelin