Yesterday afternoon My Joy and I went to “The Marriage of Figaro,” a three hour opera played by students of Goshen College. We marveled at the endurance of young voices and bodies. Afterward, we went to My Joy’s apartment for grapes and popcorn. Conrad and his Jill, daughter Diana and son Zack dropped in for a visit. The children will return this evening to their home in Florida.
I silenced my phone at the opera, so the alarm did not go off as scheduled for 7:30 a.m. this morning. I slept till a few minutes before 9:00. This morning “The Elkhart Truth” reported winter by the numbers:
Seventy-two and five tenth total inches of snowfall fell in the Goshen and Elkhart area. Road crews worked around the clock to keep up with the falling snow and used 17,050 tons of road salt and 19,150 tons of sand. This winter was the harshest since 1981-82. On the day after the official beginning of spring it snowed an inch. The paper asked “Is it spring yet?”
I don’t know if it really is spring yet, but I can tell you of some signs of its coming. No snow can be seen from our back door. The robins are chattering and are either fighting or mating. That’s a spring pre-nesting exercise.
This forenoon a ladybug crawled across papers on my desk. These bugs like the warmth of a home during the winter. This spring this one emerged on the inside of the house, so I tossed it out the back door in the hope that he/she can continue the life cycle.
Another sign is that the thirteen-stripped squirrels have now emerged from their winter home beneath the tool shed in our back yard. The females are the first to come out of the burrows. She must trust her babies to the care of the males in the burrow, or perhaps the males and females have separate burrows in which to hibernate.
The temperature warmed to 65 degrees this afternoon so Crystal and I went for our first spring walk. This winter My Joy and I walked a few times around the inside of Greencroft’s circular Evergreen Place. We walked in opposite directions. Since she is younger and lighter than I am she could walk round the circle six times to my three times. The exercise helped prepare me for the coming of spring weather when I can walk in the outdoors.
This post is connected to the two previous ones. Those posts denigrate the ability to know for sure. To be cocksure is not good. But it is good to seek and gain information on which to base belief. Links are included in these posts to provide supporting information and data. It is good to be curious about what we don’t know. Curiosity drives theologians, scientists and common people to ask questions about the origin of the universes. You may be interested in an early post on curiosity around a campfire.