Although we had some warm weather recently it’s hard to believe that it is, indeed, Spring. Certainly, when the majority of the snow melted away in March we had begun to believe it. But then the cold wind and snow returned and it feels like Winter once again. However, despite this weather, I am seeing all sorts of new life budding in our town right now.
The question has been posed, “Why, on earth, would we celebrate Lent this year when we’ve already given up so much?” Why give up meat, or chocolate, or television when we’ve already given up connection, closeness, shared meals and travel. Why make the next five weeks even more unbearable when we’re clinging to the simple pleasures we have in order to survive?
St. Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays folks tend to hate or love. I’m all for any excuse to love on my family and friends, and I enjoy any ritual that involves handing out free food—especially chocolate. But, I understand the anti-Valentine’s Day faction turning up their noses. Love is not store bought, pricey or branded; love is an activity, not a product.