I went for a walk this afternoon, looking for signs of spring, and found some hardy crocus blossoms and some even braver cherry trees. Even here in Washington it has been a long, cold winter so these early flowers are triggering spring fever.
A few women ventured out today in bare feet with sandals — a bit early, if you ask me, given temperatures that did not exceed the mid-fifties. But it’s obvious we are all desperate for this winter to be behind us.
I was buoyed up by these hopeful harbingers, until I heard the news about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and found it hard to sustain my hopeful outlook.
For those of us who remember history lessons, like Russia’s invasion of Hungary or Czechoslovakia, today’s news is a depressing reminder that warlike behaviors and aggression remain like toxins in the blood. Some peoples appear to be addicted to war as of way of grabbing for what they want, no matter how dubious their justification. (And I put Bush #2 in that camp.)
Although we may be enjoying early spring here in the Northwest, it’s clearly the start of a long cold winter for the unfortunate people who live in the Ukraine, given their warlike neighbor to the east…
It’s time to pray for the Ukrainians, and wish them the blessings of an early spring — an early and peaceful conclusion to Russia’s invasion of their eastern territories.