It has been at least six weeks since we have been quarantined to our homes here in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. For those of you who don’t live here, our weather has been cool and rainy which is an understatement as our average daily temperatures have been more like February’s averages.
Easter seemed like a non-event as Church services were cancelled due to the corona 19 virus and along with this mandated cancellation went the traditional Easter family get-togethers. On the other hand, my Easter flowers have been loving April’s cold temperatures and I am still brining in flowers for the kitchen table. There were some mornings when the temperature went down to 27 degrees and the flowers were covered by perhaps in inch of wet snow. But then later on in the morning, the sun would slowly emerge from the clouds and the flowers would once again stand to attention and face the sun as they do each morning when the sun emerges.
Not being able to come and go as we please has been a real eye-opener for most of us. We have been conditioned to follow a set routine and when that changes, we become nervous and anxious. Most folks don’t like being confined to their homes and we all are anxious to get back to our daily routines.
But what about the Easter flowers? They have learned to adapt to all of the changes that Upstate New York temperatures can bring. As long as the temperatures do not rise too fast and go into the seventies, they actually thrive with the cold.
And that’s the point which I want to make: We all hope that May will bring changes so we can once more go to our favorite restaurant, see our family and friends, and return to our churches but at this point, I think that we need to be like the Easter flowers and learn to adapt.