Waking up to a chilly 19 degrees reminds us that change isn’t smooth, or easy, but that the peaks and valleys along the way are what give us stories to share with the generations that come along behind us.
- Caligula is named Principate by the Roman Senate in the year 37 AD.
- Paris is sacked by Vikings in 845.
- Partitions of Poland: The Duchy of Courland, a northern fief of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, ceases to exist and becomes part of Imperial Russia in 1795.
- Britain & France declare war on Russia in 1854 starting the Crimean War so history can repeat itself.
- In 1860, New Zealand’s Battle of Waireka begins.
- Japanese troops take the Korean town of Chengiu from the Russians in 1904.
- Turkish authorities expel Jews from Tel Aviv in 1917.
- Palm Sunday tornados of 1920 leave over 380 dead across the American Midwest and South.
- In 1933, the German Reichstag confirms Hitler as dictator.
- Madrid falls to Francisco Franco in 1939.
- Scotch whisky facility in Glasgow explodes, killing 20 firefighters in 1960.
- A 1970 earthquake kills 1,086 in Turkey.
After going through all that, I’m rather of the mind to just stay in bed. The history of the next few days isn’t any better, either. The first few weeks of Spring aren’t exactly the friendliest moments on the calendar.
I’ve watched with particular interest as tornadoes have swept across the state of Oklahoma this past week. The city of Moore was hit for the sixth time in as many years. Moore has been a tornado magnet my entire life and at this point I have to question why anyone even bothers living there. Just turn the area into a cow pasture and relocate folks a little further North and East. I know that sounds insensitive, but rebuilding just to have it knocked down again is the very definition of foolish.
Any day now things should be getting better, don’t you think? I’m looking at the weather forecast and seeing afternoon highs back up in the 60s, hoping that this time they’re here to stay. Being able to take children to the park and letting them run off all that excess energy is a very good thing. Being able to sit under a tree and read a book is an even better thing.
But warm weather inevitably brings reason for caution. Storms are in that weather forecast as well and one can’t tell this far out which ones might be fatal. Spring is very much a two-edged sword.
Still, I’m anxious to see daffodils popping up again this year, along with all the other little flowers. They should be here soon. Any day now, in fact. I’m more than ready.
Any Day Now, a song by Chuck Jackson on Spotify