Not everyone thrilled by Spring writing assignments
'First-Day-of-Spring' 'First-Day-of-Spring' 'First-Day-of-Spring' 'First-Day-of-Spring' 'First-Day-of-Spring' 'First-Day-of-Spring' 'First-Day-of-Spring' Story Worries Reporter Even In His Sleep - But Here It is ..... . The alarm clock tink'ed, then crowed loudly. A sleep-befuudied sleep-befuudied sleep-befuudied reporter silenced silenced the tin bird. It was 7:15. One glimpse at the window indicated the sun was shining. Then he fulled fulled up the covers and dozed. "Bah!" he meditated. "At 7:29 it's officially Spring. And I have to write one of those "First Day of Spring" stories for people who don't want to read about it anyway." anyway." First Iay of Spring! Balmy winds harbinger of summer, when one 'can sprawl in the hot sun. Crocuses lifting their needle points above the brown, frost-broken frost-broken frost-broken earth. Robins cocking their heads on a dewey lawn for the subterranean rumble of succulent earthworms. Bursting ouds! The reporter stirred from his trance enough to adjust the covers at the point where a rumple was allowing a draft of cold air course over his arm. Then he dozed again. "What to use for a lead on that story the editor's sure to ask for," he muttered into an overnight beard. "How can anyone write a Spring story on a day like this. Wish it would snow. There's a lead 'A two-inch two-inch two-inch blanket of snow and ice greeted Monongahelans today as spring officially came to town at 7:29 a. m. . . .' "Or 'Temperatures soared to a new all-time all-time all-time high for March 21 today today as Spring officially came to Monongahela at 7:29 a. m. with a mid-summer mid-summer mid-summer blast of heat. . . ' " But no. It was- was- neither hot nor snowy, just cold. Besides, it was 7:30 and Spring had already arrived. arrived. And he'd better get to the office soon, or the editor would give off a heat wave. On the way to the office the reporter reporter looked hard for a sign of spring. The thermometer read -23 -23 degrees above zero. .Not a lawn looked even slightly green. The birds were huddling on branches in an early morning chill. Only the sun was bright, and might possibly be warmer later in the day. "Good morning," said the editor with his customary "disagreeable" good humor as the reporter came into the office. "One of the things I want today is a good "news" story on the "First Day of Spring." So here it is or is it?