“Spring is here…” Those were the opening words from one of the tunes I used to sing back in the day. That “Day” was when I was the front girl for a 17-piece stage band. I loved my days with “the boys”. Those guys were incredible musicians, and I was honored to be a part. More than that, I simply love jazz. That genre of music to me, Smooth Jazz, actually, is like a fresh spring breeze.
Though our friends in the Northern Regions may not be “feeling” Spring just quite yet, believe it or not, the season of flowers begins Sunday, March 20 to be exact.
Spring really only lasts about two months for us – March through May. During that short time, it gives us Easter, Passover, May Day and Mother’s Day.
If you live in, or travel to, our southern states here in the U.S., one of the famous sites during this time is that of the blooming Dogwoods. If you aren’t familiar with the flower that this tree produces, it’s quite fascinating. Interestingly, as well, is the legend of the Dogwood. As the story goes, Jesus was crucified on a cross made of it’s wood. To remember his death, the flowers speak to that story. If you have ever seen the blooms you’ll notice that the flower’s four petals are cross-shaped (representing the four corners of the cross) and each bears a rusty indentation like that of a nail. In addition, the red stamens of the flower represent Jesus’ crown of thorns and the clustered red fruit represents his blood.
And there you have it. More conversation fodder for that next trip to the water cooler or board meeting or coffee chat.
Happy Spring!