The Last Day Of Winter

I walked the beautiful Campus of Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale today. This was not a terribly significant event as I have been walking Campus for 43 years. What makes the walk noteworthy is that this is the last day of winter…and it feels like it. There was a cold wind and lovely blossoms on the budding spring trees. Nature is transitioning just like we are. We have several good vaccinations and our new President has already fulfilled his campaign promise to vaccinate 100 million Americans in his first 100 days. He has been in office 57 days. You have heard the saying, ‘It was the best of times…it was the worst of times.’ That is where we find ourselves, we are taking two steps forward and one step back.

I received so many heartfelt condolences for our lost friend, Parker. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Her end of life was peaceful and resplendent with duck hearts to eat and hugs and kisses…and tear filled eyes… The Brooks home is without canine companionship for the first time in over 30 years. Much of our lives were centered around our members of our dog family. Aaron and Jonathon have difficulty remembering life without the Boston Terrier’s or our precious Black Lab.

Photo by Domen Mirtiu010d Dolenec on

The road ahead has so much to offer each of us. It has been said that, ‘While there is life…there is hope!’ We have hope. We have hope for a future where we each think of our neighbor’s welfare and their health and happiness. I often wonder how all of us christians meditate and ruminate and ponder how glorious Heaven will be…and we never consider that there will be many people that we discounted and marginalized and shunned…while we trod our earthly path…

Sadly we see each other through a myopic ocular device. There is so much more that unites us than divides us. The dream of travel and good health and freedom from our 2020/2021 Pandemic is in front of our noses…and yet we incessantly debate the minutiae of our bias and our prejudice and our faux political/religious doctrine. We are so proud of our new shoes…while our neighbor has none…

As I write from my loft office I see a Great White Heron fishing for dinner. The backyard pond is in it’s full glory. My neighbor his walking her dog…I remember walking Parker yesterday… Tomorrow we will visit with Uncle Ron and Aunt Ira Kaye and Cousin Paige. A visit to the Wine Trail…and fun…and a return to the new normal…

3 responses

  1. The foto of the fox is sooooo wonderful … he looks in my heart 🙂

    The time winter is going always makes me a little bit sad, because I like the cold weather and the silence, the frozen nose and the the warm jacket 🙂
    Hoping next winter comes again 🙂

    wish you all the best

    1. I enjoy winter as well. 🥶 🦊

  2. Lovely post BJ. Reminded us of our blessings

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