Springtime…. The flowers bloom, the trees bud, and the winds swell with anticipation. Excitement builds as the outside temperatures are allowing folks to be able to go outside – without a heavy coat! Doors and windows are opened wide to release the “cabin-fever” and the gentle rains wash away the remnants the previous winter.
For farmers and country people, it signifies “breaking the land” in preparation of planting their gardens and crops. It is a time of renewal. As of St. Patrick’s Day, many have already planted their potatoes.
To me, however, the absolute sign to indicate the arrival of spring is the first song heard from the purple martin – returning from their winter’s hiatus.
“Dad’s birds” (aka: purple martins) always arrive around the same time of year, the same time when a family lost the head of their household. Following a 21-month cancer battle, Dad lost his fight. However, within two weeks of his death, came the return of his birds….
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Although many changes have occurred since the spring of tremendous loss, one constant is the return of “Dad’s birds.” They return to welcome yet another season of life anew. Life has challenges, but we can endure the journey — just like the birds that fly thousands of miles twice yearly to return to their “winter” & “summer” homes.
Rejoice in the past, enjoy the present, and anticipate the future.