Saturday, February 27, 2010
Times They Are A-Changin'
Most of us have seen this cartoon before. It does speak volumes, doesn't it? We have been abusing our earth for a long, long time. It seems to me that Earth is striking back.
It's been a rough winter. The latest series of storms in the U.S. has most of us exhausted, physically and emotionally. And they say it will be a very wet spring. We will be looking forward to summer, but what will we find then? I'm sure I will be gasping for relief from the heat and humidity. What a sad picture I'm painting. I sound like a real pessimist, and that is not what I have been for most of my life - quite the opposite. Is it old age, or is it just a more realistic look at things?
Well, this time, in our little corner of the world, we lucked out. The terrible storm that I see did hit so many places very hard did bring us extremely high winds, but very little snow. And we didn't lose electric power this time. That wind did some weird things. At my house, it kept my front walk clear, but two houses down, my neighbor had to shovel out a couple of times. And while we had only light snow showers, up in New York my daughter emailed yesterday that they had 18 inches and it was still snowing hard. She said it had poured rain all the previous day and then froze at night. We had none of that.
After the first two blizzards, I drove up the Parkway and saw so many trees uprooted and branches down. The same was true in our neighborhoods. So sad.
Nature goes in cycles, and we know we have to expect extreme weather every so many years. But we have been ignoring the obvious results of our actions for so long, selfishly placing profit above all else, blinding ourselves to the needs of the very Earth and of Humanity. Are we ever going to wake up?
OK. Enough gloom and doom. It's just two weeks until Spring! Let's plan the garden and see if we can't be more positive in attitude and action from here on.