Spring is still waiting in the wings around here. Our temperatures remain about 30 degrees below our normal for the season. We should be having balmy 60s and many days we don't get above the 30s. I fear that everything is so ready that a few days of warmer sunshine will send everything forth at once. And one of my favorite things about living in NC is the gradual unfolding of spring. Farmers and gardeners have hands itching with the desire to plant.
The dogs are happy enough with the weather if it isn't raining or isn't too hot. They really enjoy the brisk mornings and play like puppies. They play inside as well, but only in the den. Wrestling, toys and balls are not allowed in the great room.
As regular readers know, Ellie LOVES tennis balls. And almost every day she will sneak one or two of them into the great room. She knows better than to play with them or ask anyone to toss them. She is content to hold one or two in her mouth until the drooling makes it unpleasant. She is fully aware that the balls belong in the den so she pretends she doesn't have one. She rarely looks directly at me when she has a forbidden tennis ball.
Her mouth is open because she has a tennis ball in it.
She looks the other way when I call her name.
Lucy doesn't care a whit about tennis balls unless someone is throwing them.
She nestles next to Ellie to enjoy the sun.
This has been a busy week for most. The NCAA Tournament is winding down and I no longer have a dog in the fight. My only interest now is in which team DOESN'T win. (I'm not writing the name of the team out of respect for KB.)
On a more serious note, Passover began on Monday and Christians have attended Holy Week services in their churches.
And the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has been listening to important cases relating to equality for all citizens. I wish someone would reference the grand pig Napoleon's rule he made in George Orwell's Animal Farm. (Perhaps that is one reason I'm not a lawyer.) As the pigs began to enjoy their authority, they changed one commandment to read, "All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others." [Note to SCOTUS: This is America, not Animal Farm. None are more equal than others.]
Spring is the season of hope, a renewal, a fresh start. So today's quotes are about hope.
Martin Luther King:
"If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream."
And from one of my favorite authors, Barbara Kingsolver:
"The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof."
HAVE A MOST WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!