Well, we almost had spring and we may almost have it again this week! Mother Nature is developing a weather roller coaster it would seem. I know, welcome to Kentucky! But, you know it’s happening everywhere this year; coast to coast and border to border, no one has had “normal” weather patterns. I do believe that spring will come if only for a day or two before the heat of summer takes control and everyone will be clamoring for a week of 60’s again! In honor of the season we hope will arrive sooner rather later, I offer you this poetic prose by an unknown author.

The Four Seasons of a Tree

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no - it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful - it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit - full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of whom they are - and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life - can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, and fulfillment of your fall. Don’t judge life by a single season or let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

I’m not sure how that helps when Mother Nature is so capricious the seasons, but hopefully it gives insight into more than just the weather!