sign photo from Hanne W.- thanks!
(as I write this, there is 4 inches of snow outside my window, and it's still falling. but, happy spring anyway!)
i am ever aware of the rhythm and cyclical nature of life as i get older.
there is the passage of time in our family: i can look back at the kids' birthdays and birthday parties over the years, the first days of school, Christmas jammies in front of the tree. there is also the rhythm of our Island community life. I have blogged about many Island annual events here- The Fire Parade and Gala Weekend, the Christmas Boutique, the Easter egg hunt, and the Spring Equinox Bonfire.
it is so nice for the kids (well, for everyone really!) to have these community traditions. each year they see how they have grown from one year to the next- getting a bit more independent, participating in a different way. At the Bonfire this year: the boys and their friends merrily dragged trees all the way to the beach, Asa and his friend were big enough this year to throw a tree on the fire, Maxine enthusiastically blew her whistle with the band, Lee stayed at the fire with his friend when I brought the littler ones home. i hear a lot of "Remember last year, Mama?"
here is the Spring Bonfire- in words, pictures and video, this year and years past:
this is one of my favourite island events- the spring equinox celebration. we all save our christmas trees and burn them in a huge bonfire with drumming and merry-making. a week or so before the event, some trees are hung near the ferry docks, reminding us as we arrive on the island that spring is indeed on its way.
we gather just before dusk on the first day of spring with our trees and parade to the beach- about a 5-10 minute slow walk.
i am moved by this event, so much, every year. i love the rhythm of the drumming and the ridiculous procession, dragging our old Christmas trees down the sidewalk. i love how our community has these crazy traditions that we all count on and look forward to. and i love marking the changing of the seasons in such an earthy pagan-like way.
now with all this snow i guess i'll have to go back to dreaming about spring for a few more days.
a special note: thanks for the lovely comments on my last post! you guys are great! maybe it's the change in season, or your support, or just getting that stuff out there- but i feel renewed!