Lent is almost at hand, which means spring is close behind. The March (or marsh) marigolds in my yard are just starting to poke up their buds through the ground. They are my first sign of spring. Shakespeare referenced them in Cymbeline: “Winking Marybuds begin – To open their golden eyes.” Other seasons have their beauty, but spring makes everyone glad.
The word Lent itself is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words lencten, meaning “Spring,” and lenctentid, which literally means not only “Springtide” but also was the word for “March,” the month in which the majority of Lent falls.
Now the conundrum begins…what to give up or do that has half a chance of making it all the way through Lent. Candy, ice cream, chocolate and swearing have not been success stories, although the food pantry was the beneficiary of one red letter $50 day.
So, after much internal back and forth and going nowhere, the answer came to me this morning: honor the gladness of spring.
So, I will note down two things every day: one thing I have done to make someone happy; and one thing someone else has done to make me happy.
Since I will keep and reflect on my daily entries throughout the year, I will be interesting to see what I learn about myself this spring.