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COLUMN: Bring on the sunny days

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By Shannon Brock

Before Monday night’s meeting of the city council was called to order, my feet were the center of attention for at least a few seconds.

Someone pointed out that I was clearly taking advantage of the sunshine and warmer temperatures because on March 8 — nearly two weeks before the official start of spring — I was already sporting sandals.

I smiled, simply replying, “Yep, and there’s no turning back now.”

“I hope it doesn’t snow again,” Mayor Edwinna Baker said.

I hope so, too, Mayor. I hope so, too. And not just because I would rather be free from frostbite on my toes.

I wrote a few weeks ago about my disdain toward snow this winter, and I should specify that I do mean this winter. Normally, I’m a fan of snow, but as I’ve said before, sometimes you can get too much of a good thing.

However, I don’t think there can ever be too much sunshine, and I don’t wish to be proven wrong.

By doing a Google search, you can quickly find studies that say weather does not affect our mood, but you will also see studies that argue the contrary.

We all have our favorite seasons, and some people are most content in the winter — but I’m not one of those people.

I love warm weather. Seeing the sun shine puts an immediate smile on my face. Going for a ride in the car with the windows down while the warm air blows through can turn even the roughest Monday around.

I’m a flip-flops and tank tops kind of girl. And I’m perfectly OK with getting blonde sun streaks in my hair.

My favorite color is yellow, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a sneaking suspicion it was because it reminds me — even if subconsciously — of sunshine.

Whether I conjure up images of cheerleading camp, weeklong vacation Bible schools, rounding the bases in my KFC jersey or saying “I do” underneath a hot midday sun in front of friends and family — sunshine makes me happy.

From this first truly warm week of the year forward — there’s no turning back now. I know we’ll have to deal with a few showers and storms along the way, but I’m looking forward to more sunny days in 2010.

Follow Shannon Brock at Twitter.com/ANewsSBrock.