Looks like we made it
It looks like we have made it through the Winter of 2018/19. Birds are singing, temperatures are trying to hit double digits and tiny green shoots are starting to poke their way through the sodden dirt. Of course, there are snowy patches in shady spots that will likely be there well into July, but we can’t have it all. We are, after all, Canadian. We wouldn’t be happy if we didn’t have something to whine about. And we’ll be whining about this past winter for awhile to come. We’ll likely be whining about it every time we go out to mow a lawn and there are leaves and branches all over the place. The flotsam and jetsam that is the backyard is now occupying leaf bags everywhere – we didn’t have time to clean up before the snow hit!
We’ll whine as we walk the streets around Uxbridge and notice the bright pink or orange stripes that may mark the places where the sidewalks have heaved during the winter. We’ll curse when we trip over the one stripe that we didn’t see and stumble stupidly, hoping that no one is watching.
We whine as we endure these ceaseless April rains, even though they are life-giving to the green sprouts and buds, and help with clean-up. We’ll complain about the grey days and the fog that makes the drive into work challenging, and we won’t think about the gift that this weather is giving to the earth. We won’t think about the places in the world that are parched for rain, or the people of the world that have never had the chance to experience fog.
Yup, that’s us. Whine, whine, whine, complain, complain, complain. It’s what we do best. You’d think we enjoy it. Never mind that it isn’t really good for us. Brings us down, makes us grumpy. Then we pass that on and the next person we talk to ends up grumpy, too. Next thing you know, all of Uxbridge Township is grumpy because we had a lousy, incredibly long winter.
Change your brain and think of it this way. Congratulations, Uxbridge. You made it through the Winter of 2018/19. Put on a smile, enjoy the flowers that are starting to show, clean up the mess and move on. Next winter could be even worse.
We know that not everyone was affected by the burning of the Notre Dame de Paris on Monday night. Some see it as “just a building,” while others are a little more attached. Although little Uxbridge is far removed from Paris, we just had to dedicate this week’s cartoon to a building that, at 856 years old, has been witness to so much history. As a French philosopher speaking on Tuesday on the CBC said, the stone building, and especially the gold cross hanging above one altar, seemed to emerge on Tuesday morning in defiance against the stupidity of humanity through the ages. “That great cathedral watches centuries go by, and one absurd little accident almost becomes its downfall.”
It was hard not to get a sense of the spiritual while watching this unfold. The fact that it happened at the beginning of the Christian Holy Week, and that the gold cross still gleams through the smoke – that is an Easter message if ever there was one. That’s why we used the quote from Pope John Paul II in the cartoon. It seems to be a fair message to everyone, no matter whether they’re Christian, Catholic or otherwise. We are the Easter people. We rise again and on we go. Have a wonderful, blessed Easter weekend.