When I logged on today, I saw that we are having record spring temperatures across the country. So, I expect most people who have been outside today experienced what I experienced--spring is in the air. One of our broody hen's chicks have been hatching. She started the day with one baby and is already up to 3. Our youngest heifer will have her calf any day now. The pears, blueberries, apples, and plums are in full bloom and the blackberries will join them soon.
So, as I was weeding and hoeing--preparing for the next rain and for planting seedlings next month--the feeling of spring across our country was on my mind. I was thinking, spring is a time when things look bright (literally and figuratively). It is a time when we think about growth and not weeds. It is a time when the future looks sunny, and we don't care to think about the potential of one more killing frost. Though we may know in our hearts it is still early and cannot yet last, it is a time when everything looks fresh and new and possible. And so, our nation's politicians should take note. This is not the time for the "I have a nightmare" speech. This is not the damp and dreary gray of winter. It is "I have a dream" time. Because, at least for today, I can once again envision a country that is full of the promises of spring. I hope you feel it too.