Saturday, March 15, 2008
When I use Zipcar, I always reserve the car closest to home, usually a Civic hybrid or a Scion - nothing fancy. After all, I only use Zipcar to run errands or go see the osteopath. Who needs a cute car for that?
But yesterday I reserved a red Mini Cooper that I had to walk a mile to pick up. Wacky, eh? I thought so. I needed a car for my bi-weekly run to Whole Foods, hardly a glamorous journey for such a glamorous car. Why did I do it? I think the first strains of spring fever manipulated my index finger into pushing the "reserve Mini Cooper" button on the website. I do. It had nothing to do with the rational portion of my brain, that's for sure.
Have you ever been inside a Mini Cooper? In truth, I felt like I was driving around in a small red bucket. It was hard to see and the stereo wasn't all I had hoped it would be, though I had the volume cranked up nevertheless. But it was amusing to realize I opted for the cute car, for no reason whatsoever except it seemed like it might be fun. A decision like that, based on nothing but whim, means that Spring is definitely here.
This past week included several nice warm days, but it wasn't the temperature that brought on the fever. We had plenty of warm days this winter during which it never occurred to me to reserve a cute car. In February Brother Sun was still hovering closer to the horizon. This week daylight is falling hard from high up in the ecliptic. It's completely different than a warm February day.
I believe the steeper angle of sunlight, along with lengthier days, has psychological and hormonal impact. So much impact, apparently, that a trip to buy groceries requires a zippy little car. Silly, isn't it? Oh well, that's a part of springtime, too. I honor the silliness of spring.
Yes! Welcome Spring!!