By Louisa Benatovich, ECS Student Reporter

Spring is a magical season. It is a time full of new beginnings and minor flooding. The birds start chirping and we all begin to remember what perspiring actually feels like. It’s an occasion for hemlines to shorten and legs to appear (though there were some winter rule breakers), and, most importantly, it is the time for change.

As students are catapulted from their sedentary winter lifestyles to a more active time of travel soccer, track, and baseball, they’re forced to truly deal with the repercussions of Tim Horton’s mac and cheese trips and binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. The tightness in our chests as we jog (maybe asthma, maybe we’re just out of shape) is a constant reminder of what we haven’t been doing, and what we’ve been doing way too much of.

So this is it— time for a literal and metaphorical spring cleaning. But wait, you say, there’s still snow on the ground. Blair Wood, an ECS math teacher, had a very similar concern. “I’m looking forward to spring finally springing this year!” he said, chuckling. “One of my favorite days of the year is the first day I can walk outside and it actually looks, feels, and—best of all—smells like spring.”

Ironically, over the ECS winter break in February, the average temperature was 10 degrees warmer than it was this spring. The weather now is temperamental at best, even hailing in Saudi Arabia. This poses problems for a lover of flora and fauna like Melissa Reedy. This ECS math teacher’s favorite thing about spring is the flowers. “Daffodil, tulips, and hyacinth,” she elaborated. “They remind me that warmer weather is upon us!” Hopefully, this illusive warm weather will come soon.

For those of us that are simply too high-strung to stop and smell the blooming roses, spring is about hauling giant Hefty bags of “stuff” to the curb. A relative term, stuff, for some, applies to tangible objects: clothes, shoes, strange and unnecessary kitchen equipment. For others, it’s the intangible: toxic relationships, emotional baggage, and the weight of poor habits. Parker Rieman, a senior, enjoys this particular aspect of the new season. “Spring,” he said, “is a good time to clean out all the people I don’t want in my life.”

Though blunt, this statement accurately summarizes “uncuffing season,” a term coined by millennials describing this time of year’s tendency to cause all kinds of break-ups and shake-ups.

Logan Knab has an entirely different perspective. “It’s been a cozy winter hibernating indoors and playing Overwatch,” said the curly-haired junior, “but now that it’s warming up, I’m excited to break out my spring socks!”

Though this statement may leave you hankering after a trip to the lovely Purple Doorknob sock shop, it contains a small amount of wisdom. At heart, we are merely mammals, hibernating and living off our winter fat stores, so, as the musical Anything Goes playfully instructs us, let’s misbehave. Behavior, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is “the way in which someone conducts oneself or manages their actions.”

After winter, our general behavior may be unlike our active autumn or sleek summer selves. Let’s misbehave by rerouting destructive behavior and starting afresh. Keep a journal, exercise a little every day, or take advantage of the seasonal vegetables that are starting to pop up. Smile at a stranger, donate your clothes to Goodwill, or watch a wholesome romantic-comedy with the people you love. Spring is not only meant as the precursor to bikini season, it’s the time for growth.

Jaclyn Freundschuh, a junior, puts it best: “spring not only revives nature itself, but the very soul that lies within us.” I’m sure that all of Ellicottville could use a bit of soul-reviving.