Senior Spotlight: Enjoying spring’s gifts |

Senior Spotlight: Enjoying spring’s gifts

Mary Jo Brown

The wind that issued the month of March is doing a good job of reminding us that winter is barely behind us. Lately there have been a few cold, windy days. Spring is here, somewhere, but the weather of the past week makes you wonder if March is going to go “out like a lamb” and reminds us how unpredictable the weather can be. Soon we will be commenting on how hot it is, although I am sure many are looking forward to the warmer weather and all the things we can do to enjoy it. School will be out in a couple of months, and there will be even more things for families to enjoy together, picnics, camping trips, vacations or simple pleasures like outdoor barbeques and other fun summer activities.

The changes are really starting to show in the greening of places on the landscape with flowers trying to come up and trees budding out. On the distant hillsides you can see a mixture of green and white as the new growth peeks out from under the latest skiff of spring snow. Spring cleaning has begun in earnest with the opening of windows and freshening of houses. Streets are being swept and sidewalks washed down, which adds to the feeling of putting things back in order after a long winters sleep. Even though this part of the country didn’t suffer the winter extremes that a majority of the United States had, what we did get was enough to make us appreciate the changes that are happening now. With the changing of the seasons comes changes in our lives and routines also; it seems as if the already rushed pace of our daily routine increases as we try to squeeze a little more into each day. Changes in the décor of houses, yards, and even personal dress and style are all part of the process of going from one season to another. The urge to be outside enjoying the sunshine and warm air makes it harder for some to concentrate on work as they think of all the other things that they would rather be doing or are going to do when they get home. It is easy to get involved in these things and forget the most important parts of spreading kindness, caring and God’s love. I think one of the best ways to make changes in our own lives is by making a small change in someone else’s by giving them something fresh and spring like such as flowers or a new plant, yard ornament or anything bright and cheerful to help them welcome spring in. The offer to go for a Sunday drive so they can get out and enjoy the sunshine and coming of spring may be welcomed to an elderly or disabled person. There are many ways to give of ourselves without any thought of return that will enrich the lives of others and in fact add to ours also.

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