Spring Timeline

Spring Timeline


Today is March 2 and I am hopeful.

This weekend, I will buy pansies and plant them so my thoughts turn toward spring. February is a dreary month in Ohio and every year I look forward to the ritual of planting pansies.

I have much to be thankful for this year: my family, my health, my job, and my hope for spring. Pansies in my garden signal the hope for me each year.

Mardi Gras

Next Tuesday is Mardi Gras and I am rejoicing.

My cousin’s yearly Mardi Gras celebration is this Saturday. I will enjoy the gumbo, shrimp, King cake and music. This celebration before Ash Wednesday is a time to thank God for the abundance in my life.


Next Wednesday Lent begins and I am seeking.

Lent is late this year so Ash Wednesday next week is a long time coming. February’s dreariness dragged on because Lent began in March. Yet, same as other years, this Lent I will seek time for spiritual reading, for pray and for ways to give whether alms or time. I will avoid Girl Scout cookies and meat on Fridays.

I look forward to this spring timeline ritual of pansies, Mardi Gras and Lent.

What is your spring timeline? What rituals do you enjoy during Lent?

Image: Bell Nursery


About the Author

Barbara Baker is Franciscan Media’s Director of marketing, sales and internet. She and her husband work with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Family Life Office at their monthly pre-Cana weekends. Barbara spends too much time with her iPhone.