In a spring which has been anything but normal for all Americans, it is good to reflect upon normalcy. At least out here in ‘flyover country’ some normal things area showing up.
Our lakes have begun to open up, the icy vestiges of winter being piled up on the south shores by strong north winds; at a normal mid-April time. Spring high water floods local roads. The waterfowl have arrived back and are pursuing their spring nesting rituals. Local grasslands are undergoing controlled burns, as we witness clouds of smoke in different directions each day. I was able to work my garden soil and plant potatoes yesterday on a nice normal April day. The plants in our greenhouses are getting ready for planting on a normal schedule.
There is always hope when we can grasp bits of normal in a chaotic situation.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..