Marie'e February Article

27 Jan 20

February 2020

February brings the rain, thaws the frozen dykes again.  Well, there was no need to wait for this month to bring the rain, as it has been with us most of Autumn and into winter.

This following article I read recently reminded me that everyone is worth loving and caring for:  In times of hardship and hunger, a man was offered good farm land in exchange for one of his seven children.   When he and his wife discussed it, there was one child too dear to her, one child too dear to the father, one was still a baby, one was too much help to them and one who couldn’t bear to be parted from another.  Then there was their wayward son, the one who gave them the most trouble.  Mother and father decided nobody else would love him and he was the one who needed the most love.  So they decided to do without the land and keep their family.

As I fetched out my Christmas trimmings in December I thought how old and shabby they were, so I was surprised when the younger children loved them.  One 6 year old spent quite a while setting out the figures in the Nativity, others loved the Snow Lady who is much older than them and other items too and here was I thinking I should buy new next year, but I won’t because it seems the old ones are still the best.

As I watched the forest fires in Australia it was unbelievable to see so much heartache as people lost their homes, their possessions and some their lives, and although there was a little rain, it was not enough.  It is heartening to know that in this disaster different countries like Canada , U.S.A., and island nations have given support, vehicles, men, to help the weary fire fighters and others in need.

I was surprised to hear baby Hedgehogs called “Hoglets” which I had never heard of.  It seems there is a new name for everything.

February is not my favourite month as the excitement of Christmas is over and the days are dark and dull but this month heralds new birth, Snowdrops, Lambs and of course Valentine’s Day.  So welcome February bringing new life and the promise of Spring.

Marie Cove.

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