By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re fresh off the plane from another part of the country and thought that the start of April meant spring was here for good, April fool.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Welcome to New England, where, as the late, great Eddie Stanky once put it, there are two seasons: winter, and August.

But there’s something else you should know about your climatologically bizarre new home — a gorgeous summer day and evening here have no equal.

So with that in mind, I offer you my little psychological trick for getting through today’s disgraceful performance by Mother Nature — the power of positive thinking.

Focus on how soon we’ll be enjoying the things I’m about to mention, and before I’m done, if you haven’t forgotten about the horrible weather today, you’re just not trying.


Sitting on the porch in the morning with birds chirping away as the spring sun keeps your coffee warm… taking a light jacket to work with you knowing you probably won’t be needing it… a clam roll, the perfect lunch… the drive home with the top down… the smell of the grill, even before you throw anything on it… grilled sausage on a grilled bun with grilled onions and grilled peppers… grilling peaches while you eat as the fire dies down… watching the stars come out with the sounds of the Sox game off in the distance until you realize it’s 10 o’clock and you’re still at the picnic table… falling asleep to cricket sounds through the wide-open windows, knowing that another summer day is coming tomorrow.

Did I mention clam rolls? I think I did.

And it’s all just around the corner — if we can only forget about what’s happening right now.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

Comments (10)
  1. Lenny says:

    Oh, I love this and I love the sentiments you beautifully wrote, but I am angry, jaded, and bitter. I don’t see summer, or spring for that matter, ever coming. This is going to be one of those years when the highs never really get warm, when the wind constantly keeps the temps down, when we are just stuck. I’m sorry for the pessimism; I wish I could be more positive, but it just isn’t working for me. If my life, family, and friends were not strongly stationed here, I’d be GONE!

  2. Ron says:

    Clam roll the perfect lunch? I think you misspelled lobster. It’s LOBSTER roll with a side of fried CLAM strips.

    :D :D :D :D

  3. M L Peters says:

    I believe there is actually 3 seasons: Winter, Pot Holes & Construction

  4. KathyD says:

    Every day is wonderful as long as you wake up with your feet on the right side of the grass. Too, Pollyanna? Maybe.

  5. Jon Keller says:

    Ron…clam STRIPS? Are you kidding me? Whole bellies, all the way! :)

  6. mary says:

    loved the article….can’t wait…helps a little to go home and watch the Sox in sunny Texas

  7. Willow says:

    Jon, how lovely. How about the frangrance of a quick summer shower after a hot and humid day? I don’t mind summer, but hopefully we won’t have a repeat of last year. It was way too hot and difficult to enjoy if you’re really not a summer person. I know there will be some wonderful days though ahead for a nice walk in the breeze for me and my dogs. For lunch,a cold meatloaf sandwich…YUM!

  8. Stephen Stein says:

    All the antidote I need will be provided at 4:05 PM today. Go Sox!!

    1. Swept by Texas.. says:


  9. emom says:

    Jon, you sure now how to make some remember the best days of summer. wow, I have so many, but being with my child on a vacation at the beach enjoying clams and frys and milk shakes, listening to the waves, roll up on the sands. Watching the boats bob up and down in the ocean, digging our toes in the sand , building a sand castle breathing in the the sea air and watching some fluffy clouds floating by all while the sun is coming down in the afternoon. aaahhhh talk about a goergous sun in the afternoon…. those were great summer days, cant wait to do that again.

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