Though the warmer weather will sadly mark the end point of my cherished winter hobby - checking out the latest dog sweater trends the pugs and dachshunds of Sopron’s Déák Square are sporting - I nonetheless welcome the coming spring with open arms. I do not have anything against winter in particular because I do like snow, chilly air, and dog sweaters, but three months of gray and cold are usually enough to inspire an anticipatory yearning for change by the end of February.
Of all seasonal transitions, winter dissolving into spring is my favorite. Describing the beauty of spring is an exercise in triteness, yet the magic and magnificence of longer days, blossoming trees, blooming flowers, and nearly forgotten birdsong trills always rejunevate and refresh my spirit.
I look forward to putting my winter coat away for the year and embracing the season of rebirth. I am fairly certain the pugs and dachshunds of Déák Square feel likewise.