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Blue Skies and Apple Blossoms

| 3/20/2014 12:00:00 PM

Pennsylvania AdventuresMay in southcentral Pennsylvania meant apple blossom time. This particular day was Sunday, my favorite day of the week. It was a day filled with worship and gratitude for all the blessings that surrounded us, the blessings we so easily take for granted.

As I looked up at the beautiful white and pink apple blossoms against a dark blue, cloudless sky, I softly uttered these words, “How can anything be more majestic, more perfect?”

A lush, green carpet of grass surrounded trees heavily laden with blossoms, while yellow dandelion flowers dotted the orchard landscape. Bees, thousands of them, were busy doing what – well, what bees do naturally. I watched as they scurried from blossom to blossom, becoming heavy and slow as they drew nectar into their sacks and collected pollen on their back legs. Off they went to deposit this precious cargo, only to return and do the same thing over and over again.

Who else but our Creator could arrange this?

Apple blossom time was a special celebration in our small villages and communities, especially Adams and Cumberland Counties. The sights and smells of those delightfully fragrant blossoms signified newness of life and spring. Thousands of people from nearby communities visited this section of Pennsylvania just to be part of the festivities.

The first Sunday in May was always set aside as “apple blossom Sunday.” A tourist train made runs through the hills and valleys to view the beautiful blossoms. Numerous busses and automobiles crowded the back roads just to take in this “once a year” floral spectacle.

3/22/2014 9:52:48 PM

Vern, that is an awesome description of a childhood memory of Sunday. I felt like I was actually there. Although our family Sundays weren't quite like yours, they still have significant memories that give me the twinge of yearning to live out just one more of those days. Some how urban culture has drifted away from those family gatherings on a weekly basis. At least in my family the younger generation has not picked up on the importance of that family connection. ***** The family/friends connection today is through social media by cell phone texting and facebook posting. The technology that my generation invented has changed an entire culture. I'm not sure if it's good or bad but it certainly is a different world than the Sundays of oh so long ago. ***** Have a great blue sky and apple blossom day.

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