Warming Up

Can you see the green grass standing up, with the flowers poking through showing off their vibrant colors. At least the dandelions are the first ones to flash their bright yellow petals, the outlaws of the lawns that homeowners fight to keep out of their freshly mowed yards. Bradford pear trees in bloom with white flowers look like huge lacy umbrellas that line the neighborhoods and business where they are planted. The earth is waking up from its long nap, from under the frozen white snow and slippery thick ice. Everythiing is reaching up to the sky, breathing in a warm heaps of air, to be filled with energy for the season. Nature’s fitness plan. Riding bicycles, walking around the block, playing outside, walking one’s dog, we are encouraged to enjoy the lightness around us.
No weighing down of coats, no boots, no shovels. They are retired for another year.Sandals and shorts, short sleeves, and maybe crop pants will be the standard, nothing awkward, nothing to layer. Bring on the lemondade, the strawberry shortcake, the grilling, who wants to eat inside on a day like this? Light winds blow, gently brushing our hair back from our faces, music playing, what could be better? MMM… spring the kind of warm most of us don’t mind…the kind that’s comfortable and cool. Renewal of spirit, as Jesus’ ressurection is the most important, hearbreaking, and joyful example all in one. Yes, that’s just what spring is, and it’s just warming up.

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Joshua’s Big Dreams

“Disneyland Resorts” constantly comes out of Joshua’s mouth and you can see those big blue eyes just waiting for me and his dad to say, “Why yes, Joshua, we will go to Disneyland Resorts on…” He honestly loves the big D., the world of total fantasy, where he would love for his dreams to come true. Phil and I enjoy the gentle requests for a short period of time as it does become a kind of game to Joshua. He will grin and we just tease him and say something like “no Disneyland Resorts” for Joshua; of course, we use a funny voice when we tell him. Mickey, Donald, Jack Sparrow, Winnie the Pooh tempt him to come and play on the islands where he can swim and explore and go on adventures.

Mr. Disney had the vision when he decided to create this giant amusement park of rides and entertainment and eateries. Togetherness, bringing people closer to one another in a fun way that they don’t forget. Experencing other cultures on one huge piece of land without an airline ticket, I wonder if he knew how far his idea would actually would go?

Is Walt looking down and seeing all the happy generations of customers who have fantastic memories of the amenties of his imagination? Of course he started small but man has that “small” gotten extra extra large. No one seems to mind. for Joshua, it’s fun and silly, it’s Tigger bouncing on his tail and irritating Rabbit and Donald Duck getting pranked by his nephews. Joshua’s Disney is Prince Alladin and Princess Jasmine, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and her fairy Godmothers arguing over the color of her dress. Woody and Buzz Light Year finally becoming friends after Woody realizes that he can share Andy not be abandoned from his heart. I believe Joshua learns from Disney movies, at least that friendships are important, love is stronger than all the bad in the world and sometimes wishes can come true. I know mine did. I had him and he has us. Guess that’s why he clings to the vacation that he so desparately wants to take, it’s a fantasy, a get away to something far away and in his mind he may already be there when watches his movies. Think I’ll take a vacation right now. London, please, I’m scheduled to see a Ms. Poppins.