|Our Little Rant by
Eightball & Thundercloud
From InfoAve Premium Issue #79 - April 22, 2005
"...And since to look at things in bloomSpring
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow..."
(A. E. Housman "Loveliest of Trees")
After a particularly long and snowy winter, we have been blessed with beautiful April
weather. The grass, once winter-brown springs green again and tulips and daffodils, that
broke through the nearly frozen ground weeks ago, now bask in the brilliant springtime
We are reminded again that seasons pass and nothing is so certain in this world as change.
As summer approaches we realize that spring, with all its capricious and finicky ways, is
but a short interlude between the harsh, raging winds and dreariness of winter and the
stifling humidity and heat of summer. On these beautiful, breezy, spring days, it is so
hard to sit here and work when I know that just outside the door a joyous revolution of
renewal and rebirth is taking place. And, knowing that spring is only with us for a short
time makes it all the more precious.
While spring continues its short reign we should all stop and remember that each of us has
only a short pass upon this earth. This short time we are given gives us a sadly limited
opportunity to enjoy the dazzling beauty that can only be created by nature's hand. For,
what man-made thing could ever equal the beauty of sapphire-blue spring sky filled with
fluffy white castles of clouds? What painting or thing made by the hand of man could ever
equal the beauty of that first spring flower, which once seemingly dead, is now so
The sounds of children, long silenced by blankets of snow and howling winter winds, now
playing again in warmth of spring, the feel and smell of fresh, warm spring breezes, and
the knowledge that spring seems the shortest of all seasons, remind me how important it is
to take the time to enjoy the stage that spring has set before it is gone forever.
The trees, just hours ago it seems, stood barren and lifeless. Now, they are adorned with
the refulgent green of newborn leaves dancing in the springtime breeze. I'm astonished,
once again, at how quickly time passes. It seems to me just a few days ago, I was walking
under the nitrogen-blue
skies of autumn and marveling at the bounty of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows
emblazoning the trees as they prepared to slip into a deep sleep to hide from the long,
dark winter. As each season comes and goes, I realize how precious each moment of my life
It is my hope that all of you who live in the northern
hemisphere of our world, will remember that once this season has passed, we will never
have the chance to go back and relive it again. Take time to enjoy this beautiful spring
with your friends, families, and loved ones. Remember the precious gift of life and
celebrate its rebirth this spring. Enjoy the wonders of nature and
the beauty she paints. And, remember: You will never have another chance to live this
moment, this day, or this season again. Enjoy this beautiful spring before it is gone.
"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And, today? Today is a gift. That's why
we call it the present." (Babatunde Olatunji)
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