The Season of Childhood

In their flower petal frocks
`Midst buttercups and hollyhocks
Meadow fairies in a ring
Dance about to welcome spring.

Welcome sweet springtime. Once again color and beauty burst forth and our hearts are filled with delight.

As each season of the year succeeds unto the next, so too do we continue on with the journey of the course of our life.

In the cycle of life, from infancy to old age, surely springtime is the season of childhood. While the sleepy-dreamy quality of wintertime, in all its inwardness evokes a mood of gestation, spring is the time for waking up.

This up-raising is, of course, evident in nature. Winter gives way to spring and seeds begin to sprout. Buds begin their unfolding and the fragrance of flowers fills the air. Everywhere there is an abundance of light and warmth. Is this not like the sweetness and joy of that which is childhood?

Whereas the summer lends itself to maturing and fructifying and the autumn speaks to us of reflectiveness in the harvest time of life, spring whispers softly of hope and potential and promise.

Throughout history, in the varied cultures of the world, the festivals of the spring season celebrate the wonder and mystery of rebirth, creation, redemption and freedom.

"For lo the winter is past
The rain is over and gone
The flowers appear again
The. time of singing birds is come."

Like the unfolding of a new flower, the childhood of all children is filled with possibility. In beholding our children we can see reflections of past generations, a resurrection of the stream of life which our offspring are related to and descended from.

We cherish them and embrace what has been and what can become. It is the spirit of childhood itself, in all its optimism and idealism, that affirms the belief that "hope springs eternal."

At the Vernal Equinox, at Eastertide, nature is permeated with the forces of vitality and growth. Likewise, throughout childhood, for the developing child, there is an ever-quickening of his or her highest hopes. The child is growing and becoming. For the healthy child to do so he or she must be nurtured in every possible sense. The child's future depends on this.

Nurturing takes many forms. The petals of a blossom reveal and protect the potential of what the plant is to bring forth. A similar idea can be imagined when we regard the garments in which the child is clothed. A garment can offer comfort, protection and structure as is necessary. The child's body is to be sheathed in attire which is practical to the occasion. In childhood the quality of these sheaths, these garments, is as important as any of the other elements of nurturing. Wholesomeness in the dressing of a child bears a value not unlike the consciousness of the importance of wholesome nourishment.

The young human being, in the springtime of his or her lifetime, must be fed and clothed by the loving grownups whose task is to fully care for the child.

Of all the plants growing on the earth, the cotton plant has been among the most valuable to mankind. This plant, growing through the spring and summer months, can only thrive where the sunlight is warm or even hot.

In the spring, the tall cotton plant has flowers which are very much like the bell-shaped flowers of the hollyhock. Each of these flowers bear the gift of its seedpod, the cotton boll, the fluffy mass of fibers which in time will be woven into the cloth which has been referred to as the "fabric of life."

As adults, we share in the responsibility of guiding children through the spring and summer of their lifetime. Like gardeners of tender plants sprouting forth in the earth we carefully tend to their nurturing and hope for fulfillment in their autumn years.

In the fertile soil of childhood, we at Mimsy Designs wish to plant healthy, wholesome ideals for living.

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