Today (March 20) is the date of the vernal equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of Spring. Here in Wisconsin, however, we don’t call it Spring so much as we call it Still Winter. We Wisconsinites are of the attitude that winter isn’t entirely through with us until all the accumulated snow is gone and the last snowstorm is but a memory.
Regarding that first part of the equation, Madison’s somewhat drier- and warmer-than normal winter this year meant that the snow has been gone from the ground for weeks. However, the forecast is calling for snow later this coming week. Early spring or even mid-spring snowfall isn’t too much of a surprise in Wisconsin (this post from exactly one year ago has proof of that).
So it goes without saying that winter is an unpredictable thing that we in Wisconsin must deal with. And for the most part, we deal with it by adding a relatively good sense of humor. There are two old jokes we in the Badger State tend to bring up when discussing the weather:
- “If you don’t like the weather now, just wait.” (That’s because it can be nice one day yet nasty the next, or vice versa.)
- “There are only two real seasons in Wisconsin: Winter and Road Construction Season.” (It’s a proven fact that all that snow, ice, and salt can seep into the asphalt and really wreck havoc on our roads.)
So, while we wait for Ol’ Man Winter to clear out and the orange construction cones to pop up, we do take solace in the fact that the arrival of spring brings a gradual warmth; it’s as much a given as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. It also tends to bring a crossdresser out of hibernation. If you’re a “girl” like me, you tend to do your dressing up in the comfort of the indoors when the weather is cold, snowy, and unfavorable. For me, sometimes it also means not dwelling too much on women’s wear or taking photos. I think I must be easily susceptible to winter depression; those late sunrises and early sunsets can really get a person down. (Side note: Any amount of bright light in winter really does perk a person up, even if it’s a sun lamp indoors.)
But there’s something about spring that brings a crossdresser’s thoughts of dressing up to the forefront a little more. The warmer temps and increase in daylight makes a person more optimistic. I know that I’m feeling more optimistic with the beginning of spring. I’m getting the urge to pick out an outfit from my closet, maybe buy a new one from the department store, apply some makeup, haul out the camera (and make sure its batteries aren’t dead), and go at it.
I’ve spent all winter hunkering down and braving the cold and snow, both in the physical and mental sense. Plus, I’ve spent most of the past month or snow brushing up my résumé. But now, it’s March 20: Winter has become spring, my résumé is all nice and tidy, and I’m looking forward to the good feelings that come with seeing flowers grow and dressing up so pretty. I can’t wait to get to it. But first, of course, I gotta start hoping that the snowstorm hitting us later this week is nothing more than a flyweight.