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Calendar causes confusion

Common Ground
Bill Kight
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Last week it seemed that everywhere I went people were stressed out. It didn’t take long for me to become as stressed as everyone else.

A friend put it this way, “It’s not healthy to let this stuff get to me like it is. Life’s too short.” Trouble was, he didn’t offer any solution.

Personally I think it has to do with Easter coming early this year. Yesterday on a local radio station the DJ said Easter hasn’t come this early since 1818, when it was on March 22. It won’t come this early again until 2228.

It’s no wonder no one alive can remember Easter coming this early. All the people who were around then are dead.

Who decides when Easter should be, anyway? The moon does. From what I understand, Easter always comes on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.

So here’s my theory. We are all stressed because winter should be gone if Easter is here.

Forget the spring equinox on March 20. That magic day is often a sham when it comes to warmer weather. This supposed first day of spring often brings more snow where we live in the Rocky Mountains.

But Easter is different. That’s when you start planting things in the ground, when the women wear all those pretty short-sleeve frilly dresses to church.

Easter is deliverance from the cold breath of winter. It celebrates new life and resurrection. Time to get rid of the old and bring in the new.

How can you have Easter when winter is still with us? It’s too stressful to think about.

My woodpile is down to a few sticks. Stress. Soon I’ll have to start burning all those books that were headed to the thrift store.

Did I leave out this early “daylight savings” fiasco? How in the heck are we supposed to save daylight to play in when spring has yet to arrive?

I’m stressed because I have yet to see Geno the unofficial mayor of West Glenwood in his trademark shorts. That is a sure sign spring is here.

The Ides of March did come and go without trouble. That should be a stress reliever.

Where is the big Cabela’s spring catalog that usually arrives by this time of year? Isn’t it supposed to be out by now? The mere thought of thumbing through those pages and dreaming about all the wonderful summer outdoor activities to enjoy is making me more relaxed.

So don’t even think of coming up to me this week and telling me about how wonderful duck hunting has been this season. And I don’t want to hear about how much fun you had this winter freezing to death sitting around a little hole in the ice fishing.

Wait a minute. I think it might be warming up outside. There. Finally, the sun on my face sitting in my easy chair out on the deck.

If only I could shed this winter coat.

With 30 years experience in federal land management agencies, Bill Kight, of Glenwood Springs, shares his stories with readers every other week.

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