It’s spring, which means things are growing and changing. We expect it. We look forward to it. We depend on it! Without new growth in veggies and fruits, we would starve. Without new growth on trees, we would all shrivel up in the hot sun.
But growth can be scary. For something new to grow, something old must die. Leaves fall off trees and are swept away. Old fruit is eaten, or rots, and returns to the soil.
Growth affects people, too. I can’t believe the growth that has happened just this year! Cousin Kestrel has gone from little girl to pre-teen. Cousin Jasper has gone from a precocious boy to a thoughtful young man.
Cities grow and change, too. Delightful but decrepit old houses are torn down to be replaced with newer, more efficient ones.
Businesses close due to financial disaster, or just a desire for something new. New businesses, maybe smarter or more interesting, replace them.
These cycles of growth and destruction happen on the bigger stage, too. Our country has been run by isolationists and wall builders for a while, people who thought America should be some sort of private club. Now we seem to have realized it must be a more inclusive party. Hopefully, things will get better.
Growth is good. Change is good.