Thursday, March 31, 2016

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

            Would you look at that? Spring has arrived! Old Man Winter is doing his stubborn best to keep the winter bite on us with this most recent cold spell but even these latest efforts are a little toothless this time around. Actually, the record setting “warm” winter was too long for me anyway, despite the mildness, but that’s in the past now, Easter and spring are upon us and grass cutting and golf club swinging are merely days away. I hope.
            According to Environment Canada, our “meteorological winter”, (December 1st-February 28th), was ranked as the warmest that the Earth has seen since record keeping began, over 135 years ago. If you are like me you will be tempering your wish for future winters to be as mild as this past one with your concern over the long-term effects of Climate Change and Global Warming. 
             Wait, wait now, before you get all indignant about Global Warming and Climate Change being a myth and start lining up your scientists to argue with my scientists and go on and on about David Suzuki and his followers being so full of crap and how acting more environmentally responsible to the planet and to our future generations will collapse the whole world economy even though we should all be less selfish by erring on the side of caution instead of ignoring the vital signs while burying our heads in the sand and saying, “It’s okay, nothing to worry about here, folks, just a bunch of scientists spouting off;  everything’s fine” and all that, please keep in mind that I am trying to deliver an upbeat message here about Spring and Easter so let’s not get all bent out of shape over it, shall we? Thanks.
            As with spring, Easter is a symbol of hope, renewal and new life, or, resurrection, as it were. In Christian belief, resurrection means Christ’s rising from the dead and the Cambridge English dictionary defines resurrection as, “the act of bringing something that had disappeared or ended back into use or existence.” Yes, it works for both the Christian religion and spring’s arrival.
            On Easter Sunday Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ who was crucified and died on the cross on Good Friday. Easter Sunday also marks the end of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday. Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Good Friday and commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. Easter is not a fixed date as it is calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of spring.
            Spring in the Northern Hemisphere signifies rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, re-growth and resurrection, too. As the axis of the Earth increases its tilt, relative to the Sun, daylight increases bringing warmth. As the season progresses the warmth increases causing new plant growth to “spring forth”.
            There is great cause for celebration as we celebrate both Easter and the arrival of spring and here’s hoping that you have a wonderful Easter weekend and a most pleasant spring season.
            “The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.”-Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897).


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