Pring: Curing Season Affective Disorder Since 2004

2 Feb

Come February over here in the Midwest, spirits get about as gray as the snow boogers behind our car tires. Our skin is dry, our shoulders have knots from shivering so much, and the coziness of curling up on the couch under blankets and watching bad T.V. has worn the #$@k off.

It was during one of these long sun-deprived soul-sucking February days in 2004 that I decided enough was enough. I couldn’t take winter anymore. So I ended it. And in it’s place, I invented a new season, one between winter and spring. Pre-spring. Pring, for short.

*Window art by Mr. Sam Webb.

Pring is a season of in-betweens. Sometimes it’s warm, sometimes not. Sometimes sunny, sometimes not. Sometimes you feel like you might actually feel grass under your feet soon, sometimes you feel like you might stab someone with the shard of ice that hangs mockingly from your awning.

What’s most important about Pring is that it is NOT winter any more. Over the years, other Pring fans and I have tried to establish traditions and festivities to look forward to. Here are some things we’ve established as official Pring things:

  • Big breakfasts: Winter has the holiday dinners, summer has BBQs, Pring is for the most important meal of the day.
  • Bike tune-up parties
  • Lying in the snow but looking up at the sky and wishing wishing wishing and pretending it’s spring.
  • Getting outside, no matter what.
  • Driving with your windows down and your heat up (when it’s not blizzard-ing out).
  • Any neon clothing, accessories, makeup, nail polish
  • Kite flying
  • Dirt pudding (that kind with the Oreos and pudding and Gummy Worms!)
  • Paying attention to the fact that, minute by minute, it stays lighter a little longer every day.

It’s a fairly new season, so it’s still a work in progress. To join Pring’s Facebook page and contribute ideas, click here.

It just so happens that the first day of Pre-Spring is today: February 2, Groundhogs Day. It also just so happens that the entire Midwest is experiencing one of the biggest snowstorms on record today. And though it’s hard to forget winter when we’re literally snowed in, I hope some of these activities and the general spirit of this young season put a little “pring” in your step.

Happy Groundhogs Day/Snow Day/Pring Solstice everyone.


One Response to “Pring: Curing Season Affective Disorder Since 2004”

  1. Amy February 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Flowers! Whether forcing some bulbs to bloom or buying a pot of hyacinths and tulips to perk up the house, flowers are a must with Pring. It’s a good reminder of days to come! 🙂

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