“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’” – Robin Williams
We have the fever. After months of chilly temps and snow, our bodies are finally waking up and they’re ready to get busy. It’s frantic, really. We emerge from our garages, apartments, houses and caves one by one and go to town on that “to do” list that piled up all winter. The first day of spring is northeast Ohio’s favorite, sun-centric, holiday.
Spring is like Mardi Gras; women bounce from place to place in less clothing and guys stumble through the streets drunk and drooling. Mistakes are made, couples break up and everybody humps in unison then passes out only to be discovered in a brown patch of grass between the sidewalk and the bar parking lot. Remember, the party started at noon and didn’t end until somebody called the cops on the drive by super soaking. In Ohio, we don’t need beads to get crazy. We simply need sunlight. And beer.
Interestingly, spring fever does have some real science behind it. It isn’t just a folk myth after all; people study this stuff. In winter, our bodies do, in fact, hibernate—kind of. Our brains produce more melatonin and less serotonin during winter because of the lack of sunlight. Serotonin is the chemical that scientists call the “happy chemical” and melatonin is that wacky little chemical that governs our sleep cycles, among other things. In the spring, melatonin production slows down and we essentially wake up. Meanwhile, serotonin production increases making us happier.
Spring fever also refers to the feeling of weakness felt after a long winter; typically experienced by colonists 200 years ago. They suffered from scurvy because of the lack of nutritious foods in the winter months. They emerged from their doors in spring time and were weak and smelly and sick. This doesn’t happen anymore. Unless you work for Buzzbin.
Regardless of the science, spring fever is freaking awesome. Birds sing, flowers start to bloom, people walk their dogs, road crews tear up the roads, the price of gas increases and spring training begins. What a great time of year! And who could forget the spring booty calls?! Yes!
Enjoy it, because it won’t be long until those damn spring allergies take hold. Nobody is ever as vulnerable as they are on a Benadryl binge.