I sit here with the sounds of church bells ringing, the Greek Orthodox Priest chanting and the congregation occasionally joining in.
It’s not actually Easter here till next week, but perhaps this is some pre-Easter ritual, I don’t know because it’s not a religious festival I celebrate.
So what is going on in our boat/home?
Celebration and treats.
Well, did you see the full moon, she was resplendent, hailing spring; the renewal, and rebirth of life after our long winter months.
This makes more sense to me.
Eggs to symbolise birth, chocolate or other sweet treats symbolising the hope of bounty to come. We can break into the last stores from winter to celebrate the return of hope for fresh new growth.
Now, of course we could forget about all that. Food of infinite types and varieties is available all year round we needn’t concern ourselves with how, when and by whom they are grown.
In fact we hardly need concern ourselves with which season we are in anymore, certainly not in any vital way. We’re more concerned about summer sun for ourselves than for any crops we might depend on.
Of course this is not true for all, but for most of us, even if we grow some fruit and vegetables the imperative of spring and this time of year have gone. We can still get food whether we grow it or not, we no longer live or die by the seasons and what they bring.
I think this is a loss. It’s loss of connection with reality actually. Someone somewhere is doing all that for us; worrying about getting seeds planted, crops in the ground , watering them and nurturing them through to fruition FOR US.
So let’s give thanks for that, for the return of spring, for the resources provided by nature, and work done by our fellow-man, which enable our lives to continue, for the farmers around the globe planting their seeds, the men and women who toil on our behalf.
THANK YOU…………..THANK YOU……………THANK YOU.