Sabbath, March 31, 2013

Posted March 31, 2013
By Clay Cerny

[On Sundays, this blogs explores a diverse topics beyond the world in “Sabbath,” a title inspired by the similarly titled poems of Wendell Berry.]

Here Comes the Sun

Yesterday was a great day.  For the first time in several months, I put aside my winter coat for a much lighter jacket.  Yesterday and today, the sun has been out and so are people, who have clogged sidewalks in my neighborhood.  Spring is here – finally!

Where last winter was unusually mild, this winter was average in its temperatures, cold but not too cold.  This year’s winter, like an unwanted guest, would not go away.  We had no warm, sunny March days.  Tomorrow, April 1, which is opening day here in Chicago for our American League team, will go back to being cold, but that is just the way April tends to be: a few good days, a few bad days, and a few really cold, gray, rainy days that almost make one wish for the dry, sunny cold of February.  The real good news is that Spring is here and the worst is over.  It will be five or six weeks before we get to the next stage of the season: complaining about how hot it is.

Today is also Easter, a day of hope and change.  I’m not religious, but I do enjoy seeing people going to and from church.  This holiday invites bright colors and an equally light spirit.  For those of us who follow a more secular bent, it’s the start of the summer game, a new baseball season.  The teams I root for most, the Indians and the Cubs probably are not going to be contenders.  However, the joy of spring brings hope for a miracle.  Fans, like church goers, are people of faith, especially those who root for the Cubs, a team that hasn’t won a World Series in more than 100 years.

A few blocks from my office, two new businesses are opening, which follows a national trend for an improved economy.  2008 taught us that anything can happen in a large, complicated economy, but recent news has been more upbeat.  Hopefully summer will bring more jobs, higher home prices, and businesses that are making money.  I’m a little worried that we are seeing a new real estate bubble, but that worry is tempered by warm weather and bright sun.  Tomorrow’s problems will come tomorrow.  Today is a good time to smile.

Enjoy this fine day and those that will follow.  I’ll close with a few words from Wendell Berry’s 1982 Sabbath poem III:

The flock, barn-weary, comes to it again,

New to the lambs, a place their mothers know,

Welcoming, bright, and savory in its green,

So fully does the time recover it.

Nibbles of pleasure go all over it.