More than just egg hunts
Across the stretches of Rutherford County — from the Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure and the mountains to the west to city streets adorned with foliage, it is starting to become obvious that spring is nearly upon us.
We can all start to expect a resurgence of life across the county and the state.
Higher altitudes still may experience colder temperatures in the evening but, in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, seasonal shops are coming awake, ready for the upcoming season.
In Lake Lure, activity will start for what we can only hope is a prosperous summer of beach-goers, boaters and visitors from far away.
Down the stretches of highway to Rutherfordton, Spindale and Forest City, downtowns will awaken with annual festivals and traditional shoppers to find the best deals and wares in the area.
We will stretch out our arms, breathe in the warmer air and say goodbye to winter while opening ourselves to the prospects of spring.
This weekend marks a time where people may begin gardening, preparing for a harvest of various fruits and vegetables. Still others may head to the basement for patio furniture that seemed to be forgotten during the winter months. It is also a time when amateur grillers will dust off their tools and light the family barbecue for the first of many savory meals.
While children scamper for their bounty of Easter eggs and chocolate, we must remember that this is a time of rebirth.
Easter is a celebration that has gone beyond the secular. What the Easter holiday represents is the importance of forgiving others and also forgiving ourselves.
Forgiveness is an important, but sometimes forgotten, part of human nature. We are in a world where grudges can be held for years and where you can be struck down if your opinion holds against others.
We are in a world of violence, me-first mentalities and, at times, an overwhelming sense of entitlement.
That makes the notion of forgiveness and redemption worth contemplating this holiday.
While spring is finally upon us and many will spend this weekend with family and friends, we encourage you to take time and reflect on the day and how it goes beyond barbecues and egg hunts.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark