The first day of spring -- a date to cheer
The New Year doesn't start on the first day of January, it starts on the first day of spring. January isn't the first of anything, it's the middle of winter. Oh yes, the days are a few minutes longer than the dark, cold day we call the winter solstice, but those few minutes don't translate into anything capable of thawing the feeling that the tunnel we're going through is frigid and the light at the end of it is distant and around the corner.
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