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Lent, Passover, Spring

Posted by Robin Abrahams  February 23, 2012 08:49 AM

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What are you giving up for Lent, dear readers? 

I was raised in a fundamentalist Christian sect that didn't follow any kind of liturgical calendar or observance of the seasons. This is too bad, I now realize. The year has a certain emotional rhythm -- a certain ingathering and renewed sense of purpose in the fall, the need for lights in the dark of winter, the rejuvenation of spring -- that the Christian and Jewish religious calendars reflect and refract. 

Particularly in spring, I tend to find my spirits synched up with the holidays. Since we haven't had any snow this year, I'm not quite as Purim-mad as I've been in years past -- that's a cathartic holiday, like Mardi Gras, where you blow off the accumulated aggro of the winter. But I've decided to take advantage of Mr. Improbable's upcoming travels to the UK and Scandinavia to do a really thorough spring clean. The kind I've never done in my life, really, as I've never lived in one place long enough to warrant it before. 

There is something about spring that makes you want to get rid of things, isn't there? To strip down and be as flexible and green as a shoot. Get winter's grit out of the corners of your kitchen and heart. 

What are you doing to mark the coming of spring? 


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