Growing up in rural Ohio, the winters seemed unending, with the snow and cold I remember being indoors for a lot of the time. There were 7 of us kids in our family, so “cabin fever” seemed to come on early in winter. My mother with all her wisdom knew she had to separate us kids so we didn’t kill each other! She would tell us why don’t you go outside for a walk? Maybe it was just her way of saying you kids are driving me crazy, only a mother knows?! But there was something about going outside, the cool fresh air, with the snow glistening as the sun would shine on it sparkled like diamonds, I will never forget it.
You know, getting outside away from your immediate surroundings indoors, seems to clear the cobwebs out of your head. It could be 10 degrees out, with the ground covered with snow, but when spring came, the daffodils and crocus flowers would start to poke up through the snow. It was as if they knew, no matter what it looked like outside, it was time for spring, time to blossom, time for new growth! That walk seemed to put everything in a better prospective, and the faster we walked the less cold it seemed outside, sometimes the walk would turn into a run, like a horse getting out of the barn, there was no holding us back! I think there is nothing better for our health than a good long walk!
I am not sure how it came about that this wonderful time turned into a political statement for us on things we like or don’t like, we have walks against this or for that, it has taken all the fun out of it! For me a walk is still that time to get out, enjoy the fresh air, enjoy the open spaces and look at the beautiful world God has created for us, a time to celebrate life!
It is in this spirit that all of us at Family First are going to take a walk! We are having a walk to celebrate life, a walk for life! It will be to celebrate mothers and fathers, the young children and teens, to celebrate the family! We celebrate all the children, those born into a family, those in foster care, and those children that are adopted into a new family! It will be a walk to celebrate the community we live in, to look outside of our immediate surroundings, to look outside of problems we may face and maybe open our eyes to see someone else here in our community!
We invite you join us, Saturday, March 18, from 8-10 a.m. and March for our community. We will be meeting at Family First Oracle office at 1575 W. American Ave. We will have a cake to celebrate the day along with all the fresh air you can take in! Its springtime, winter is over, time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors!
/s/ Frank and Clare