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CALLIE MABRY: Signs of Spring

March 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM


Day 5

It’s Becca’s doppelgänger, Callie, filling in as your editor for this Friday edition of the QQ!

It has been a heavy week in many ways, as our Village and the entire world grapple with ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yet, in the midst of everything, I’m also feeling the lightness of spring emerging here in this beautiful valley.

Yesterday was the spring equinox. Today was the first day that the bus went down to Lucerne without chains on the tires. T-shirts and sunglasses abound as people enjoy fresh air and singing on the dock. I’m noticing more birds chirping and flying between trees. It has been sunny for more days in a row that I have been able to keep track of.

While the tension between what’s going on and the hopefulness of spring can feel a bit dissonant, may the changing seasons also remind us that this too shall pass. May we find gratitude in paying attention to all of the beautiful ways that the earth around us is changing.

In peace,
Callie

Callie Mabry is Writer/Editor at Holden Village. This column was originally published on March 20, 2020 in a daily newsletter, "The Quarantine Quarter," which is compiled by various staff members and sent to all Villagers.