Yesterday, I put away our Christmas placemats, red with green plaid borders.
To my eye, the reds and greens—which looked lively during the holidays—seemed as tired as crumbled Christmas wrapping paper, discarded weeks ago.
Now that the days grow longer, and the promise of spring is here, I unpack the lavender placemats and place them on the dark wood table.
Pinks, yellows and lavenders call spring to mind, and lavender is what I set out every year.
I know I’m premature in trying to entice spring—the season of hope—into our dining room, our home, our lives.
Perhaps I’m trying to push back the darkness which shrouded our state, country and world in 2012.
I wonder how we can best rebuild from the morass of High Park Fires, Hurricane Sandy and the Sandy Hook tragedies which were part of 2012’s legacy?
And that’s just in the U.S.
Global tragedies and losses are too numerous to mention.
It will take hope, trust in each other as people, and the best of talents to make the promise of spring a reality in 2013.
So this is my question to you: If time and money were no object, what would you do to make our city, our country our world a better place in 2013?
I’ve put the placemats on the table.
Now what do you want to bring to the table?
Readers, let’s hear from you.