All’s right in the world

Spring has sprung again.  To me, it’s official.  This morning on the way to school, I saw snow drops pushing through the muck of my garden, pure white petals exposing themselves to the chilly sun of late winter.

While the official end of winter doesn’t come until late February, it feels like the worst is over.  There are times when my family sits down for dinner and the sun is clinging to the horizon.  There are glorious mornings when a crack of light coming through the curtains wakes me in the early hours when I’m still in bed.

Despite the sheer desire for light and green, my love of spring is also metaphoric.  With the end of each winter and the coming rebirth comes a powerful message to humans about adversity.  No matter how grey and dark and dreary the world may be, spring will eventually come around again in its inimitable way.

On a personal level, spring is the season in which my grandmother died.  On that same March day, my niece was born.  From the rich loam  of the previous summer, the new flower pokes her head out and begins her life.

I’ve also noticed on my walks that animals are starting to pair off.  The squirrels are chasing each other, the males chattering and pursuing intently.  Love is in the air in the animal kingdom.  It’s not coincidence that Valentine’s Day arrives for humans in February with its enforced rites of courtship.

There are other, more significant celebrations as well.  In Richmond, the stores are positioning Easter eggs right next to Valentine’s chocolates.  I’ve also noticed Passover foods in more prominent locations in grocery stores. The Lunar New Year is upon us as well, welcoming a new fresh start.  Humans look to spring for their cultural celebrations of rebirth. It is a time of renewal and hope.

With this in mind, I step outside with a bigger spring in my step.  Spring has sprung, as the poets say, all’s right in the world.

Andrea Phillpotts is a Richmond writer and teacher. Opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of any school district, organization, or school.

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