Winter wasn’t too bad, but we welcome spring
Professor Howard R. Wolf’s beautifully expressed thoughts and quotations about our long winter speak for all of us who are weary of bleak days and continuing snow. The editorial cartoon by Adam Zyglis titled “March Madness,” which appeared directly above Wolf’s My View column, is a pictorial interpretation of our impatience with this long, cold winter.
We know that spring has arrived. We have seen robins on the lawn, but our sprouting flowers are covered with snow. I am reminded of the words of Henry Van Dyke, a Princeton professor of English literature, who wrote: “The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”
We Buffalonians are aware that there is usually ice in the river in April and that it has occasionally snowed in May, but we look forward to the weeks ahead knowing that the worst is over. This past winter’s storms spanned 20 states and dumped more than a foot of snow in some places. I am so happy to be able to boost Buffalo and to remind those who believe that we live in igloos for most of the year that our hometown was spared much and that we fared very well. How fortunate we were!
Roberta F. Handel