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Ode to Spring!

Well, finally! Spring is here!

Some may not be sure of that fact if they’re looking out their window today.  But I’m sure it’s spring…the calendar says so.

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I wonder…as ancients were following moon cycles and earth’s rotations and printing calendars–if they thought there should be some dramatic drum roll to herald in each season of the year.  I think of all of the seasons, spring should come with a shout if only to replace that dormant winter that is slowly—some say too slowly this year—leaving the dead and dying leaves and debris in your back yard.  Have you heard those small cries from your shed?  It’s your rake, broom and hoe just yearning to come out and play.

snow lake  We think of winter as the time when the earth recedes under and into itself to commensurate and ponder the questions of its existence.  We tend to use that time in the same manner so it’s time for us to wake up our body and mind.  Winter may even say that it rests so well while blanketed and snuggled beneath winter’s cover that it can stay as long as it wants.  Who can make winter leave that hibernating slumber?

SPRING CAN! That’s who!

robin redbreast in my yard Spring can break forth, finding its way up through frozen tundra and dead grasses and piled leaves.  Spring has the added expressions of the flowers’ smiles, the birds’ songs and the caressing breezes necessary to push away a sleeping winter.  It seems as if it doesn’t take much trouble on our part to welcome spring and play our way through it .

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You remember how hard you prepared for winter?  You checked your house for possible pipe leaks/bursts and insulation/heating problems.  You “weatherized” your car.  You prepared early for the livestock, animals, and even your own little kitties and doggies.  You got the snow blower repaired, purchased a new shovel and started thinking what you would do on those extra days that may come your way as “snow days” if you couldn’t get out of the driveway.

Oh, yes, and you got those bags of kitty litter for getting out of that 45° degree angled driveway.TX ice storm Van edited

Such hard work…and yet like a whisper and a refreshing clear, deep breath, spring is here and you didn’t have to do anything.  Well, there was the clearing out of the wardrobe–the coats, hats, gloves & snowshoes.  And there was the 3 days you spent tilling up the yard so you could plant those lovely blooming plants.

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But for the most part, you get to just sit back and watch spring arrive and watch your soul and body regenerate and rekindle.

8fbd0cd5b0afe218347caaf03cd0b3f2[1]   Now a time of serenity has come to replace our weary thoughts and plans.  Come on over and let’s join in and welcome spring with as much excitement as it deserves and bid our final farewell to this long, hard record-breaking winter.

[Enjoy the video below as you think about spring. “Song of Spring” by Mendelssohn]

Oh, I surely hope you aren’t suffering from the allergens arriving daily.  I truly wish the spring storms bypass you this year.  But most of all I beg you to make the most of this arrival of renewal. 
 

Before long, we’ll be making ugly faces at that thermometer.

How long do you think it will take for you to utter the words?

Boy, I wish it would cool off soon.

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Concept of Teamwork

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If you’ve heard this story before, maybe it’s worth a second look and another read.  Help of any kind is usually a good thing.

FLYING IN ‘V’ FORMATION

When you see geese flying along in “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone — and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are.

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

What messages do we give when we honk from behind? Finally — and this is important — when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

A flock of geese leave their lake and take wing, turning into poems in the sky.  ~Dr. SunWolf

My favorite concept of this scientific study of nature is how two fall out to aid a fallen member of the group.  If birds understand the need for teamwork and concern for others, why is it such a difficult concept for us as humans? 

Notes:

Lessons from the Geese was written in 1972 by Dr Robert McNeish of Baltimore.  Dr McNeish, for many years a science teacher before he became involved in school administration, had been intrigued with observing geese for years and first wrote the piece for a sermon he delivered in his church…for complete story go to http://suewidemark.com/lessonsgeese.htm#nutshell

For further scientific information, go to http://www.npr.org/2014/01/15/262607399/the-science-behind-flying-in-v-formation

click video below to see scientific aerodynamic explanation:

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