The world is silent and sad but the Earth wakes up on time. And this time it looks more colorful and shining than ever! Is it true that we’ve waited this spring more than ever? Or do I have this feeling myself only?
None of us will ever forget this spring full of death. These devastating weeks will not be forgotten. Covid-19 has changed our lives, these days and forever. When everything ends, hopefully, we will be different, perhaps better, more respectful and with a crazy desire for life.
Even children of this generation will be more responsible and conscient of the value of going every day to school since for the moment they are all at home in isolation, doing their Google classroom school. They will hopefully appreciate more the value of sharing simple beautiful moments like Sunday picnics and brunches or celebrations with family and friends, the value of empathizing, the value of a hug and of shaking hands.
The Earth responds by giving us beauty with its green meadows, blue skies, and almond and magnolia trees in bloom. A real enchantment for the eyes and the soul. A soft pink or pure white emotion that stands out on the bare branches. Giant bouquets that make the heart smile. And it’s spring. The beautiful almond and magnolia trees are the heralds of the spring. They bloom with the first sunny days, the branches bloom joyfully to the sky and welcome the warm season.
In Greek mythology, the meaning of the almond tree is attributed to hope and constancy. Almonds, therefore its seeds, are considered divine because they are protectors of truth (the resistant and rigid shell preserves the seed and that can only be known if one is so strong as to be able to break the peel). In Japan, there is a true tradition and for them, the almond trees in bloom represent the return to the life of nature.
The wonderful legend related to the almond tree is a love story of Phyllis and Acamonte, a Greek hero who was traveling to Troy. He met Princess Fillide during a stop in Thrace. And suddenly… love! But Acamonte had to leave his beloved to go to fight in Troy. Phyllis waited for him for 10 long years and when he learned of the fall of Troy, not seeing him return she thought that Acamonte was dead and let herself die of pain.
The goddess Athena pitied by this sad story, transformed Phyllis into a beautiful almond tree. And when Acamonte, who was still alive, discovered what had happened, he went to that place and embraced the tree with love and pain. Phyllis felt his embrace and from all its branches thousands of almond blossoms bloomed. We see the embrace of the two lovers every year in spring, the trees in bloom and we feel it in the air with their sweet scent. The almond blossoms also symbolize delicacy precisely because, if picked from the tree, they immediately fade.
This spring, more than ever, we are proved by separation, isolation, distance, endless waitings, hopes, tears. There are too many people who miss their family, friends, school mates. Too many mothers that cannot hug their children, too many grandparents unwillingly home alone, too much solitude and sadness everywhere.
This spring more than ever we cannot forgive ourselves for not being thankful, for not being forgiving, for the times we have forgotten, for the times we have lost chances. For sure we will conquer it, but the pain and anxiety about the absence of our soul mate or our dear person are undeniable. However, we can and we must react to all this. How?
- WE ARE RESPONSIBLE
- THERE IS ALREADY TO MUCH PAIN IN THE WORLD, SO WE FIGHT BACK
- WE SEE THE POSITIVE SIDES
- WE TAKE CARE OF OUR FRAGILITIES
- WE RECREATE OUR RITUALS
- WE RESERVE THE BEST OF OURSELVES TO THE FUTURE TOGETHER MOMENTS
- WE DO NOT SURRENDER TO THE SENSE OF FRUSTRATION