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“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

Officially, Spring arrived at 11:33 a.m. Take that, groundhog.

We’re not out of the woods with regard to colder weather just yet. But soon.

As for strawberries? We’re hoping to pick some up from our favorite produce stand on the way to the beach in a couple of weeks.

Normally, we’d be shopping for peaches in late summer, but we changed our week at the beach to spring break this year. Watch the Instagram feed for updates.

Speaking of updates, all of “my” teams are out of the March Madness. Even my backup teams.

But, my son is a freshman at Randolph-Macon College and on Saturday their men’s basketball team won the Division III National Championship.

The great thing about spring is the renewal. Even if just a few weeks ago they were frozen under a sheet of ice or snow, flowers and trees begin to come to life.

True story. Some of our daffodils were already up when the recent storm hit. They’re mostly gone now, but they’ll be back next spring.

Hope springs eternal.

I see what I did there.

I started this post with a recitation of things that have gone wrong about the homestead in recent weeks. It’s been one of those times when it finally got funny.

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Like the time the youth pastor called and said “your son broke his arm on the ski slope.”

Well, of course he did.

But what’s the point? You’ve had struggles of your own.

We all have. And we all meet our challenges in different ways.

There is always hope. And no matter how many times I say I can’t take any more, well, I do and we move on. It’s not always pleasant, but this too, shall pass.

Like the seasons.

Spring is here. Summer is coming.

And soon, we’ll have strawberries.


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1867 – Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., American director and producer (d. 1932)
1930 – James Coco, American actor (d. 1987)
1946 – Timothy Dalton, Welsh-English actor
1949 – Eddie Money, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2019)
1958 – Brad Hall, American comedian, director, and screenwriter
1958 – Gary Oldman, English actor, filmmaker, musician and author
1962 – Matthew Broderick, American actor




The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26


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