Today is the Vernal Equinox, which means for those of you standing on the North Pole right now, you will be enjoying 6 months of uninterrupted daylight. If you are standing on the South Pole, you are stocking up on flashlight batteries for the 6 months of coming darkness. If you are standing in my house, you are reaching for allergy medicine.
The word vernal means characteristic of spring or youth. It doesn't sound like that is what it means does it? If you greet an acquaintance with a chipper, " Stella you look absolutely vernal today", she would undoubtedly blink a few times and make polite excuses to be as far from you as possible. Vernal can be relegated to the list of words used by erudite and perpetually misunderstood people. Also on this list: phalanx, quotidian, and corporate ethics.
This spring, my daily wish list will include sunlight, evening strolls, laughter, and beauty. What is on your seasonal wish list?