April 10, 2020
This has been another crazy week weather wise. We had a day in the low 90’s and two days later a night near freezing. The perennials in our yard either didn’t seem to notice or just don’t care. When I went out this morning they had exploded in brilliance. They announced, “It’s Spring!” They were going ahead with their celebration of rebirth whether I was ready or not.
I’ve always been fascinated how both plants and animals know what time it is even though humans don’t seem to notice. The birds fly south and then return. The butterflies make their annual migrations. The salmon forge their way upriver. The bear comes out of her den. All these events may happen on different days, but they always happen around the same time. Somehow nature just seems to know when it’s time to be reborn and to begin to thrive again.
I think missing the signs comes from a lack of connection to the nature around us. I found when I moved from the city to a rural camp, I became much more aware of my surroundings. I saw the early buds as they began to break through the soil or fill out the trees. I was aware when the butterflies stopped at my blossoms for a respite and a quick meal. I marveled at the rapidity between the dry deadness of winter and the green freshness of spring. I also noticed my yard had joined my flowers in rebirth. I guess I’d better go mow.
THOUGHTS: Even stuck at home it’s easy to tell the nature around me is being reborn. Perhaps now even more than before, I’ve found I am more aware of my surroundings. Rather than being outside and attending to my business, I look outside and marvel at the amazing world I often take for granted. Amid reliance on technology that keeps us connected, it’s good to remember there is an even deeper connection that has always been there if we take the time to notice. If it is possible, Stay home. Stay safe.