ASK DR. ANGELIA: It’s time to come outside

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There is a new mood. People are venturing out. It’s time to come out.

We have been inside for so long from weather and a pandemic. The weather has gotten warmer, the trees are budding, the weeping willow tree has green strands popping out, spring flowers are coming up, and our mood is lighter. 

Next weekend is another spring marker. The time will change, and we will be rewarded with an hour more of daylight in the afternoons after work. This is my favorite as it signals the end of winter hibernation. It is time to come out!

The smell of spring is already here as the warmer wind blows in my face. Every new spring is not like the previous spring. Spring is the time to make some life changes as we come out of our houses. It’s time to think about what we want to accomplish the spring. I’m already making my list of projects for this special spring season. 

I love spring because it is a new beginning. Oh, the things that will happen. I will do my annual purge of the things I no longer need and give them to someone else to enjoy. I’ve already started and can’t wait to do more. Spring is a time of renewal.

I will move outside to rejuvenate the patio, the outdoor room for enjoying the warm weather. We started this weekend, enjoying my son’s birthday with dinner at the picnic table. It was a foreshadowing of the warm evenings to come outdoors. My family went kayaking and fishing while I prepared the evening feast. Next time, I will join them for that joy of experiencing the peace of being in nature as world comes back to life!  

Spring is time to make plans, and we have a big year in the making. My family has a true new beginning — a new family member. A baby boy will be born in June! A true new start with the birth of a great-grandson. I’m planning a baby shower in April with hopes we can be outside on the patio, so I have to get things ready even sooner than usual. Yes, it is time to come out!

And so, my friends and readers, I embrace the scripture, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,  a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

Love God and love every person. Amen.

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