“I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?” ~ Edward Giobbi
Back at the beginning of April, I felt somewhat betrayed by the long range forecast saying we would have an early and mild spring. There were a few days when it felt downright balmy, but in between we had rain, snow, ice and below freezing temperatures. March came in like a lion and went out like a lion. April too, roared in with cold winds and snowsqualls and more ice. Overall though, there is little to complain about because we had an incredibly reasonable winter. I suppose it’s easy enough to become quickly disappointed when you expect things to be one way, but they turn out another way. Weather tops that list no doubt. I often hear people say, “there are worse things” and they are right, there are.
Whether it’s sunny and mild, or cold and freezing, it may mean little if you have more serious issues on your plate. Understandably, if a young mom, a single person or a senior do not have enough money for food, weather is the last thing on their mind. Prioritizing our needs against our wants helps in these situations. In light of world events, I think for the most part, we all have a lot to be grateful for here in Canada. I was on a walk with a friend recently and we were talking about the noisy birds in the mornings. I rather enjoy the cacophony and it will get louder as the warmer weather arrives, but my husband gets a wee bit annoyed at the racket. Again, if we think about recent world events, we could just as easily be waking up to the horrendous noise of a civil war outside our windows. I am sure anyone who has experienced that, would happily trade it all in for the bird racket we are privileged to hear each spring and summer morning. As much as I enjoy the twittering of birds, I get positively giddy when the humming birds arrive and flit in near silence, all over my patio going from one hibiscus flower to the next, with only the slight whir of their wings detected by my ear. I am definitely waxing nostalgic for “humming bird” weather.
Our food bank is still looking pretty well stocked in most areas, however, children’s lunch snacks are getting low. Items such a drink boxes or tetra packs and fruit cups, pudding cups and peanut free granola bars are generally the first items we run out of. There has been a steady trickle of food donations coming in and that helps to keep us stocked. Partners Paint and Paper had a food drive on our behalf during the month of March and collected 20 boxes of food. It was a pleasant surprise to receive the call that informed us that there was a food collection all ready to go, (Thank you Tony Vanderschot for picking up that large donation and bringing it to the food bank). Thank you to the Kinettes who collected six plus grocery cart loads of food for us during their annual Easter Egg Hunt held at the Westover Inn on the Saturday before Easter. They also presented us with a generous cheque. Another thank you to the Wellburn Pastoral Charge Youth Group (Brown’s United Church, North Nissouri Church) for their donation of food. Thank you for your hard work. And to Bob Smibert’s Fitness Studio, thank you for your generous food donation. To all of you, we appreciate it more than we can say. You make it possible to do the work we do.
May is just around the corner. Let’s enjoy these fleeting spring and approaching summer months for all they are worth, because before we know it, we will once again be turning up our collars against the wind and raking leaves. It seems as I age, that the seasons pile up on each other as do the years. Time and the speed with which it passes is an inevitable fact of life.
Thank you to all for continuing to support the work we do.
Wishing everyone a splendid weekend.