Was it not just a few days ago when I said that I couldn’t remember what it was like to walk outside without a coat or the feeling of warm weather? Well, we left the house for the playground wearing our jackets, but soon took them off when we discovered that it was much too hot in the sun. Madness! It was 30 degrees colder just a few days ago! It was a good day to be out in the neighborhood – the streets and playgrounds were crowded, spirits were light and restaurants and stores seemed to be bustling. The girls rejoiced in the return to the playground, feeling lighter and unburdened by winter layers, hats and gloves. Maybe this is too simplistic a view or deceptively optimistic, but it felt like a signal of better days ahead.