Happy Eastertide! I love the season of Eastertide, which began on Easter Sunday and will last until Pentecost Sunday (which is on June 4th this year).
I find it comforting that the spiritual journey of Lent, often hard and arduous, gives way to an even longer period of joy and yes, even fun. There are forty days in Lent, and fifty in Eastertide, which to me signifies and marks the very adult needs of beauty, fun, and play.
Oh yes, to play. Adults need to play. Play is not only the realm of children. Play is often the creative wellspring of adults as well. I am also convinced it a the key to adult mental wellness. We often seem to forget this in our drudgery of work, traffic, children’s activities, cooking meals and changing diapers and cleaning the house over and over, but our need to play (and rest and relax) is every bit as real as our need to work and help each other. The child inside of us is never far down if only we reach for him or her.
We recently began Eastertide by spending a few days camping on a remote barrier island that was accessible by ferry. It was full of palmettos, sand dunes, beach, live oak trees to climb, and places to swim and walk. There were wild horses grazing in the sand dunes, armadillos crossing our path (and raccoons trying valiantly to get into our food and water jugs). It was five hours away from our home, but still in our state, and yet was so far away from the large and busy metropolitan area in which we live now. We used to live in this area when we first were married, and moved for job opportunities, but I often miss the quiet, slower pace of that beautiful area of sun and sea.
In this fifty days of Eastertide, I challenge you to play, to rest and relax and notice beauty, and to find and take your joy in the ordinary moments. They are there, even amongst the chores of housekeeping or holding tiny children. They are there, even in the times of your teenager dealing with end of semester tests and finals. They are there, even with your children who are feeling the call of spring and nature to be wild and untamed. They are there, even in traffic and whizzing cars. Find those moments and hold onto them for what they are; the seeds of creativity and relaxing love.
Happy Eastertide, my friends.