Already March

Already Spring is here. The lawn mowers have been brought out of storage and are humming throughout the neighborhood. Brown yards and fields are now green, red bud trees are blooming with their pink blossoms, and dogwood trees are poised for their white outburst. Eager gardeners already swarm the nurseries for tender plants they hope don’t succumb to a freeze before summer. I pull weeds, trim off dead stalks from old lantana and hydrangea bushes. Yes, I know it’s not the right time to trim hydrangea bushes, but mine become such monsters that I have to. Besides, I haven’t seen them bloom for several years. They have overstayed their welcome, I’m afraid.

So time marches on. It’s been two months since Jimmy passed away, and I’m doing okay, I think. I’ve kept myself busy with things like writing thank you notes, talking to friends and family, taking care of grandkids, and keeping house. I even went to Costa Rica for a week, courtesy of my son and his wife. The change of scenery, the beach, the ocean. . .all were balm to a battered soul.

Me on the Pacific Ocean beach in Costa Rica

Even after the memorial service, which turned out almost perfect in my opinion, I still feel in limbo. Unsettled. Unsure. Unprepared. I’m alone in this house, on this property. I alone am responsible for its upkeep, its repair. I am a widow. I make all the decisions now. I am a widow.

Spring speaks of new beginnings. So it does. Am I ready? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Ready or not, here I come. No hide and seek here. I’m all in.

What about you? Is spring a new beginning for you?




‘Nough said!  Spring break is the vacation probably the most anticipated by teachers.  Some may disagree, saying Christmas break, or as it is has been renamed for the sake of political correctness–Winter Break–is their favorite, but I stand by Spring Break.  It may be a few days shorter but there is no pressure to bake, buy gifts, and drive all over Creation to see all the relatives.
Unless, of course, Spring Break includes Easter.  Then there’s the cooking, the Easter clothes buying, the Easter basket assembling, and the relatives all over again.  Hopefully your Spring Break is separate from the much shorter Easter holiday.
Anyway, I always enjoyed Spring Break as a time to separate from my students who were beginning to drive me bananas.  The break always comes at a good time, just in time to keep students and teachers from driving each other completely crazy.  This year it will give everyone a good breather before the testing begins.  Testing.  That’s a whole ‘nother blog post there.  Don’t get me started.
Let me just close today’s post by wishing all my friends and former colleagues and students a very happy and restful Spring Break.  The roads are less congested without the school traffic.  I can’t say the same for my internet service, though.
So–enjoy, rest, get some fun, some sun, and go back to school ready to test!  My heart goes out to all of you.