MAR.28, 2016

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MARCH  28, 2016

Marching On

  Though frost still adorns the leafless branches, and traces of snow can still be seen hiding in shaded edges, the dawn of a sun-drenched day looks full of promise.  The wounds of winter protrude like scar tissue from lawn and driveway alike, where the snow plow driver lost his way doing battle with the previous season.  Sacrifices are made in pursuit of the greater good.  The weakened branches that were culled from the trees when tested by winter’s weight now lie like skeletons on an ancient battle field, awaiting a more dignified disposal.  Irrefutable evidence of the dog’s colonic capacity, and his unwillingness to plow beyond a minimal distance through deep snow, dots the landscape like an all-too-obvious minefield.  Here and there, an asphalt shingle, or a piece of aluminum trim that took flight in fear of the wind.  The traumas of winter, revealed when the fury has passed.

  But the promise of that rising sun, as it marches upward and northward, can soon be seen in the melt of the frost, and the warmth on the shoulders.  Once above the forest filter, its force will be felt, though the birds and the frogs may be first to notice.  Even the calendar pages seem to quicken a bit, as we near the end of March.  Everything seems to respond to the light.  It’s the time when the “temperate” comes back to the North Temperate Zone.  

  For those of us at MMOGTA, the approach of April signals the beginning of the outdoor season.  Barring weather related setbacks, the Showgrounds will be re-opened and re-populated, as the first scheduled events of the season move near.  The sense of anticipation will build, as the dates draw nearer for the Test-N-Tune Day and Opening Day for the T-Sled pulling season.  Overhead doors all around the area will creak upward to allow the softer air of spring to replace the stale stench of winter, and long dormant engines will be coaxed back to life.  As I have annually reminded you…”Nothing is as inevitable as Spring !”  

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