I for one couldn’t be happier as Spring and April are both now upon us. Yes, I am a serious gardener.
While Passover has just been celebrated, I’m betting that many kids are getting excited about the coming of Easter. There may be family traditions of painting eggs, going on an Easter egg hunt, looking for candy, etc. So many people want to meet at family gatherings.
For our Jewish friends, Passover has been the center of answering four key questions. Of course, Aunt Gloria and Grandpa Irving feel safe to be around those young ones they missed so much for so many months. Hopefully, they met in person this year or at least connected in some other fashion like the Internet, FaceTime, texts, phone calls, etc.
There are so many cultures that capture wonderful, precious, and sacred words. The story-telling ritual has existed for centuries in native communities as part of a sacred oral history. “Grandmother Storyteller” is a universal figure who would gather their grandchildren, and others, to tell stories. The stories included myths, legends, traditions, ancestors, and the wisdom of the people.
I’m quite sure that at least some of you have remembered the stories about your family that have been passed down from your grandmother to your mother, and down to you. Or maybe it was your grandfather or uncle or aunt who told you the stories. Perhaps a cousin. In any event, if these kinds of stories were something we were not interested in, then there would not be places today like www.ancestry.com.
Of course, we can go back in time and remember the expressions and the songs of our youth. We realize that during this day and age, how important those expressions and songs of the past remain in our hearts.
On another note, given the painful loss of our loved ones who have passed on, the need for connecting to them seems almost monumental to our souls’ yearnings and needs. Nice to remember how we hugged those who were here with us, in the physical, but now have gone. Those happy memories echo in our minds.
I am sure that many of you have had heard the story of the daughter who lost her dad in the Boulder Colorado tragedy. He was planning on a mega wedding. But with the “COVID” event, the family decided to have a small wedding in the backyard. Thankfully, she was able to have her dad walk her down the aisle.
“Everything Happens for a Reason, ” as I have written. Sometimes the reasons are unclear. However, the reasons will usually be revealed in time.
Similarly, the stories that are passed down from grandmothers and others may bring tears to your eyes, but those stories will also put a happy smile on your face because those stories warm the heart. Tears of joy, as they say.
My heart of Love goes out to everyone whose heart is hurting. Keep in mind, your loved ones are just a thought away. Love keeps your heart open and allows you to connect to those who have passed.