The sun has been out the past several days and temperatures here in southeastern Wisconsin, while still below normal, have stayed above freezing even at night, and a lot of the snow cover has melted and continues away. YIPPEE! That, of course, gives me a horrible itch to pull out my rake and gloves and get going on yard clean-up - whew - what a mess out there! But that's still at least a couple of weeks away, short of a miracle streak of weather in the 50's with drying winds! Ground is as mushy as a rotten tomato right now, ICK! My sump pump is running, the robins and blackbirds have returned, the juncos will soon be gone on their way back up north, and the other birds are going bonkers right now with their mating rituals. The air is filled with bird song, and it's so beautiful!
I celebrate Easter, but I am not religiously inclined. That does not mean, however, that I am not without faith in a Great Creator, who made all things and put into motion forces that I suspect we human beings will never fully understand, at least not until we get our hearts in tune with the Universe. Not easy to do, evidently, and that makes me so sad.
But whoever first said that hope springs eternal in the human heart sure had that right! Because spring, the season of renewal and rebirth, springs forth each year, even though sometimes it seems it will never come (like this year!!!) And with it, for me personally, come renewed energy, more than my usual "glass is almost full" optimism, and hope. During Easter Christians of varying denominations surround themselves with symbols of such renewal which, however, predate the death and resurrection of the Christ by thousands and thousands of years. Muslims, Jews and other faiths and ancient traditions do the same: first fruits, symbols of fertility (eggs and rabbits), feasting foods, spring blossoms. It seems that as far back as we can go in our written history, and even then some, these practices have been with humankind, in various forms, all around the world. We celebrate the renewal of life and our hopes for peace, prosperity and the blessings that come annually from Earth's glorious renewal, and look forward to long days of sunlight, warmth and abundance!
I AM the Queen of ALL I survey.
Easter Blessings to All of You and Your Loved Ones, Darlings! Doncha just love my dimples :)