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Holiday and Spring

Mick Fleming on Friday, April 2, 2010 at 5:26:47 pm

As a former altar boy, I was always confused about Easter. Was it a time to feel happy or sad? What the heck was the bunny about and why did he carry eggs? When I reached adulthood (my wife says I've yet to get there) and started to experience a broader world, I became just as confused about Passover. The fact that the angel of death was going to postpone the visit to your house while slaughtering someone elses' kids didn't seem like much to celebrate. There are, of course, centuries-old traditions and miraculous elements to both holidays, but from the point of view of my new friends in Malaysia, Turkey and South Africa, they're kind of hard to explain (still easier than Halloween).

Spring, on the other hand is simple to understand. Renewal. Rebirth. Emerging from hibernation. New generation. Campus protest. A young man's fancy. Kites. First 18 of the season. Wishful thinking for Cubs fans. Tourists crawling all over DC. Unexpected tragid floods in too many places. Unexpected glorious afternoons everywhere. Hope.

I am glad to be home today on one such glorious afternoon, but also looking forward to my next trip out in the world -- Jackson MS is next itinerary. Have a good Easter and/or Passover (mixed marriages in our family). Please do me a favor. Take a minute or two this spring away from your keyboard to notice the season.

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