Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
It surprised me how quickly Memorial Day was upon us. I'm still of the old school which thinks of Memorial Day as May 30th, but in reality it has been, since 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, on the last Monday in May. So this year it's May 25th.
The Uniform Monday Holiday Act! An act which in actuality was passed to give people 3 day weekends. It's also thought of as the beginning of summer while Labor Day is considered the end of summer. However not to most school districts which end earlier and earlier in May and begin earlier and earlier in August.
This has been a less than stellar spring. Many cloudy days, many many overly chilly days. We've barely reached 70 more than a couple of times so May 1 is bringing a lot of hope for some warmth. But what's been disorienting this morning is all the stories about Mother's Day. I had to stop and think for a minute if this was Mother's Day weekend.
But no. Just a whole lot of reports and surveys about Mother's Day. "How much do we spend?" "How many families go out to eat?" "Florists gearing up to be very busy." Very weird, but probably part of the everlasting consumer culture we live in.
Everything that blooms in spring is blooming at the same time. Nothing is taking turns as is more normal. The forsythia, magnolias, cherrys, red buds, daffodils, tulips are all coming at once. They are not in sequence at all.
Plus lots of rain lately which makes for interesting dog prints everywhere.