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.
I love this painting by Horace Pippin. Horace was a Black man who lived in the USA a long-time ago, but not that long ago. He lived at a time when Black and White people had to use different water fountains, sit in different parts of a movie theater, eat at different restaurants, and go to different schools.
Recently Roger McIntyre, a psychiatrist and professor at the University of Toronto, warned of the coming mental health difficulties predicted this winter. The good weather summer brought allowed for group gatherings out of doors, visits with friends on porches and in backyards, a much needed respite from the intensity of the novel coronavirus. However, with the weather taking a clear turn towards fall, and knowing our winter comes sooner and lasts longer than our neighbour’s in the south, it is important for us to begin to think now about how we can best prepare ourselves for the colder months.