By Jeff Salter
When this topic appeared on our 4F1H schedule, none of us could have imagined what type season we’d be experiencing this year. Yet here we are.
The actual topic: what I do to prepare for Spring.
My short answer: very little.
I’m not big on seasonal decorations… and not even terribly excited about most seasonal traditions. In prior periods of my life, I was an avid golfer, so spring weather would typically signal resumption of my work on the driving range, my excursions on the golf course, and watching the big PGA tournaments on TV. But I had to give up golf decades ago, when aches and pains prevented me enjoying it anymore.
My longer response to this topic is that this current Spring has been so bizarre that nobody could have prepared for it. Indeed – outside of Sci Fic novels and films – hardly anyone could have imagined the changes to our economy, culture, society, businesses, focus and priorities… that have been so drastically shaken by the worldwide pandemic, CoVid-19. Not to mention the shattering adjustments to our interactions with family, friends, and fellow church-goers.
Not having daily external obligations has been harder for me to adjust to than I’d first imagined. I can no longer visit my mom in the nursing home three days a week, can no longer go to my exercise facility three times a week, can no longer assist with the kids’ programming at Church on Wednesday evenings, and can no longer worship in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. Things I’d come to take for granted – like the kind souls in my Sunday School class and the joy I get from singing favorite hymns with fellow believers – have been yanked away.
I’m adjusting better than some, I believe. Being a rather introverted homebody for quite some time, I have a level of comfort at the governmental admonition to “stay home” except for essentials and emergencies. But I know many extroverts who are pining for the BUZZ of interaction, of meeting, going, doing, etc.
Though it’s more difficult to keep track of the day and date – without my daily external obligations to tend to – I’m basically pretty content to listen to the birds, hear the breeze in the trees, and watch the trees and bushes bring forth their buds and flowers. The only thing that would make my pastoral setting more complete would to have a brook softly babbling nearby. But I suppose there’s an APP for that, somewhere in cyberspace, that I could download on my PC. Ha.
Summary: nothing could have prepared me for this particular spring. I hope the health crisis ends soon, I hope the damage to families and communities and our economy can soon heal, and I hope this lethal virus dies out so completely that we never have to read another headline about it.
When we emerge on the far side of this international pandemic, I pray all of us will be kinder, more generous, more loving, and more appreciative of the seasons as they change in their splendid, natural cycles.
How do YOU prepare for Spring?
Other aspects of spring have been 4F1H topics previously.
Things I borrow from nature [includes an original poem]:
My favorite signs of spring:
[JLS # 484]