Spring is icumen in!

It’s Spring here in south east China. The days are not as gray as they used to be, and last week one of my students said she saw the sun sometime around noon. So, that depressed feeling is lifting.

It makes a person wonder how the people of Alaska, the Antarctic, and other such regions cope with the months-long absence of sunlight. If the lack of sunshine from December to March is enough to create some mild to severe depression, how on earth do those people bear that lack? Perhaps custom makes it easier? Perhaps they use ultraviolet lights to simulate the sun?


The cold, damp, and grim grayness of winter is giving way to Spring, and that is enough.

Spring is icumen in! Rejoice!