The Joy of New Beginnings

March came in like a lion. The old wives tale says that if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. The weather forecast is showing, for the next several days at least, that March will be very lamb like. We are taking full advantage of the break in the weather. The greenhouse that was destroyed during the storm Jonas has been, like many things in springtime, resurrected. We will be able to get through this season with it, and have the time to build a bigger one, better suited to Evans Knobs growing needs.

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I love watching the new lambs out on pasture. They seem to have springs in their legs as they bounce all around the field, often going straight up in the air adding a little twist in the end just before they land. They love to find little hills to climb onto, (sometimes pretending that their mothers are the mountains) taking turns at pushing each other off or just making huge leaps out into midair. Over and over they climb and jump at a dizzying pace until at last they tire out and lay down for a nap with their mothers under the pines by the creek.

Life that has laid dormant all winter long begins to wake up. We see the first of the bright yellow and purple crocuses start to push their way through the soil, followed by the bright yellow and orange daffodils. The maple tree’s begin to bud, and the honey bee’s are on the move, searching for all of the pollen that the plants are making.

The song birds return and begin their early morning serenades. We see more and more color coming to the bird feeders. Purple finches, Gold finches, lots of sparrows. There is a pair of cardinals that stay on the Knob year around. Soon we will see the redwing black birds and the Baltimore orioles. Each with their own unique song and flashes of color.

It’s a great time to reflect on the wonders of nature and how it relates to our own life. Bad things sometimes happen. Circumstances change and we feel like it’s the end of life as we know it. The beauty of it is that we don’t have to be held hostage to the circumstance. We can choose to look at the changes as seasons in our life. Sometimes we need to be dormant, to rest, reflect, regroup and gain energy for the spring time. Then we can spring forth with beautiful songs and vibrant colors into the next season ahead of us. Our hearts can bound freely off the mountains just for the sheer joy of new beginnings.

Peace and Blessings to you friends. May the spring bring you joy.