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Skateboards, Ice Cream and Hoolahoops

These are some of the things I have seen in recent days.  More than the sun, I consider these a sure sign of Spring.

There is something so special about those first days of warm weather. The feeling of the sun on your skin. The sound of the birds settling into their song. Gardens in bloom...

As Canadians our winters are generally long and quite miserable. This year was especially bad. But now that the weather has taken a turn, the city has come alive almost overnight and the cold is all but a distant memory. Arguably a weight has been lifted off the shoulders of every Torontonian I know.

I sometimes wonder what the city would be like, what the people would be like if it were mild year round. No doubt we would be different somehow. Perhaps more outgoing, friendly, happier?

But would we appreciate the weather as much if it were always the same? After all, my best rides of the year are the quad burning, haven’t-seen-a-bike-in-ages, glad-to-be-back-after- too-long rides. What if I could ride everyday without limit?

What do you think? Is appreciation possible if there is no point of comparison? If something is never taken away? Or you don't risk losing it?


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