Murray Bishoff: Springtime is the dawn of a new day
It seemed that suddenly this week around Monett, it was really spring. The Bradford pear trees burst into bloom. The purple redbuds blooms much more slowly emerged. In evenings after the rains had passed, like Thursday night, the birds sang -- not timidly, but fully and enthusiastically.
It all came for in time for Easter, a renewal of the earth, of daytime warmth, inviting, beckoning the public to come out of their houses, their man-made caves, into a natural place, into nature's embrace. Our calendar year, after all, changes in winter, when there is very little change, or perhaps change for the worse.
Now, coinciding with the message of Easter, it is truly a new day. The grass and the garden return. The promise of a new year now seems real.
Does it come, like Easter, with a promise of renewal, with a promise that all things can be made new again? Like the new garden, can we embrace the idea of a new day, of old sins passed and gone, like a new sports season where last year doesn't count and tomorrow's game is close at hand?
Can we try again, return to running the store with hope, stepping out into the spring air expecting renewal, starting a new song, daring to sing again? That's what Easter is all about. How much baggage do we carry with us that no one can see, bad memories, defeats last season, dreams that faded away? Springtime tells us it doesn't matter. It's a new day.
Yes, the weeds still grow in the garden. Kelly Creek may still flood. The old issues are still with us. Yet the idea that we are not bound is liberating.
We should take advantage of the opportunity. Plant that garden. Start that conversation. Dare to smile. There may still be clouds in the sky, but look around. It isn't winter any more.
Also, Election Day is on Tuesday. It can be a new beginning in some city halls and board rooms. Like spring, change doesn't necessarily mean turning everything upside down. New plants put down roots and sprout, yield leaves that lead to fruit. The new garden comes, if slowly, and must go through the early growing stages.
We've had a good dousing of rain, with dark and messy days. The soil has been made ready. A new day is coming.
Murray Bishoff has served readers of The Monett Times since 1988. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 417-235-3135.