Spring at Last

by John M. Urban

End of winter

Winter’s end on our front lawn – the last of the season’s snow hung on all the way to Opening Day at Fenway Park.

It’s amusing, and predictable, to learn of babies born nine months following a major regional power outage. Given this logic, obstetricians may want to ready their schedules following the recent break of Spring that followed the longest winter in memory. December thru March, everyone in the northern half of the country was busy shoveling snow, raking roofs, and buying ice melt. Finally, though, we have time to relax and enjoy.

All that winter hardship is now in the past and it’s time to enjoy life fully, smell the roses and get the outdoor grille going. Yes, the sun is out, the days are long, and warmer temps are upon us. It hit 70-degrees in Boston this past weekend, the trees are blossoming in DC, and the mid-west is similarly breaking from the cold.

And as far as the obstetricians? Get out the calendars and do some math, I think we may be looking at an all-time record for January babies come 2016.

There are other important activities ahead, as well. Writing stories would be one form, readying a boat for the season another. With my days now spent at Mystic Seaport, I am seeing a lot of the latter. I hope the below photos add joy to your sense that the spring season is now upon us.

(Western-style Dragger Florence)

Banks Dory
(Grand Banks Dory alongside the LA Dunton)

(The Amistad, which was was built at Mystic Seaport and then featured in the Steven Spielberg movie of the same name)

Small Boats
(Some small boats prepped for the season)

Youth Sailing
(Youth sailing dinghies at the ready)

(Tall ship spars of the Joseph Conrad and Charles W. Morgan in the distance)

Yes, there is much work to be done. Canvas covers are coming off, paint and varnish are being applied, and sails and spars are being rigged. Come to think of it, with all this time spent readying boats, maybe the obstetricians won’t need to worry.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

In any case, Happy Spring 2015!

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About John Urban

Like his protagonist, John Urban has worked as a college professor and he sails the waters of Southern New England on an old wooden sailboat that he restored. He is a regular contributor to the blog Write On The Water, and his short stories have appeared in the anthologies Seasmoke and Deadfall. The ocean was his desired destination from an early age. As a boy living a landlocked life in Western Massachusetts, nights were dedicated to reading about boats and watching Flipper and weekends were spent boating and fishing, April-to-October, on Long Island Sound. Thoughts of a career at sea ended early after a stint at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but the circle of life has come around some years later in the form of the fictional world of Steve Decatur. Urban lives just outside Boston and spends his summers near the waters edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound. A Single Deadly Truth, published on Amazon Kindle, is Urban's debut novel. As second Steve Decatur mystery, Masters of Rhode Island, is due out later this year.
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