Well it’s the first warm day of March, and most people here are outside, climbing trees and rolling in the mud, building sandcastles and playing street hockey. I just played a game a student created called, “Sharktooth.” I lost. I was also, for a time, the overburdened father of two very demanding young girls, busily making dinners to order (why do I let them get away with that?!) while attempting to regulate their screen-time (the “screen” was a slab of bluestone) and mediate their conflicts (you’d have to be a saint to do this well, I assured myself). I had to quit that game after less than an hour. People sometimes complain about “kids these days” preferring the virtual world to the outdoors, but I don’t think it’s true; when all the obstacles - obstacles that adults have created - are removed, they go outside. A lot, and really in all weather, not only when it’s nice. But the spirit today is more celebratory than usual.