On March 20, 2006, at precisely 1:26 P.M. EST, the Sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator. (I copied this from a website. I think they mean that the earth's equator passes directly in front of the sun. Actually, I have no idea what they mean. Whatever. The important point is that we will be halfway there.) This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.
All I can say is, thank GOD (literally) we do not live in the southern hemisphere.
I can barely imagine making it for nine more days.
In the meantime, the red-winged blackbirds are calling in the marsh, the red-bellied and downy woodpeckers are flitting among the tress and pounding their little heads silly, and four pairs of hooded mergs appeared on one of the small lakes this morning.
YES! HERE THEY COME!