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Spring step

Oh, oh, we missed the coming of spring again. The media told us just when it would arrive in our climatic zone this week. We made a mental note. Then we must have mislaid it.

Now spring is here, so everybody says. But how can we be sure?

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By the birdsong outside the breakfast window? By the new green spears from last year's chives picketing a corner of the bare garden? By the urge to wash a car that suddenly seems even dingier?

Or does the proof of the season really lie in the spring we see - don't we? - in everybody's step?

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