Today is the first day of spring. I usually associate spring with new beginnings, i.e. additions like babies, flowers in gardens, more light. This year, spring coincides with a pandemic that is stripping away so much of what we know and love. A harsh change certainly creates new beginnings, but it isn't exactly what I had in mind.
We're all in the midst of letting go, or being forced to let go, of so much in our lives: routine, connection, health, time, work, livelihood, and sometimes loved ones. We're bidding farewell to plans, what might have been, and excitement. Traveling, gathering in beloved spaces, learning in community...the list goes on.
I recently learned that my Great British Baking Class at Portland Community College this spring has been cancelled. All in-person classes are postponed through May 4, which means the class won't run until summer at the earliest. More info here: https://www.pcc.edu/community/. I'm certainly disappointed, but I also know it's the right call. We are in a different time.
So, I'm trying to maintain my center in this different kind of spring, and I encourage you all to do the same. For me, that includes writing, time with family, and, of course, baking. Who's with me?