The Lithuanian word for “February” is Vasaris. I’ve been told that it is related to Pavasaris, which means “Spring” because spring is approaching when February arrives. Let me tell you, I don’t see any indication in these first few days of February that spring is anywhere close to arriving. I am still wearing a down coat and heaving boots and trudging through snow and ice. And I distinctly remember wearing my wool coat through the end of April in 2009. But apparently Lithuanians see things differently, because this week a rack of seed packets appeared in the seasonal aisle of the grocery store. So even though I expect that it will feel like winter for a long time to come, I’ll start dreaming of spring too.
February 3, 2011