It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
~ Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
March came in like a lion this year, but a short week later the temperatures were in the double digits. I am certain that by the time this column is published we will be seeing the younger crowd out and about in t-shirts, shorts and flip flops. Hearns dairy has opened for business as usual during March break. I would say that fine institution is another harbinger of spring in St. Marys.
Though we have enjoyed mostly mild temperatures this month, there were a few chilly days where we once again slid into the single digits. In fact, right down to one degree for a few days and the overnight temperatures were in the negative double digits. Quite the mixed bag of weather. Still, we can consider ourselves lucky compared to our neighbours to the south of us. They have endured some catastrophic flooding, and tornados have once again been active in some of the Midwest states. This severe weather, which used to happen once in a while, has become the norm and most experts are blaming it on global warming. Global warming has been a hot (no pun intended) political issue of late too. There is no denying that the weather world wide has changed pretty drastically over the past few decades. There does appear to be some hope though, as world leaders come to agreements on how best to counteract global warming.
At the food bank, we are benefitting from another Independent Grocer food drive and some of our shelves are looking very healthy indeed. As we pack hampers daily, it really doesn’t take long to see that some items become depleted sooner than others. This is why we are so grateful for the donations that come in almost daily and of course, for the spring food drive at the Independent. Thank you to all who purchase the brown bags and drop them into our collection bin.
We have completed the sorting of all food items at the food bank and as optimistic as I was with what seemed like mountains of food (while it was still in boxes and waiting to be sorted and shelved) is showing some signs of depletion. Here and there we see small areas where we can use a top up. Most needed are children’s school snacks such as fruit cups, or apple sauce cups, juice boxes and juice in general. Overall, I am feeling pretty encouraged with the steady supply of incoming “brown bags” and private individual donations. Thank you to all who continue to support the work we do.
This time of year is so full of expectation and promise and most of all, hope. Everything seems to be going through a form of rebirth. Easter is this weekend after all and is there a better example of rebirth than that of the resurrection of our Lord? Hope really does spring eternal as the phrase implies.
He is risen!
Wishing everyone a splendid Easter weekend.