That’s a very ordinary scene in La Cañada, isn’t it? And a very ordinary photographer took it.
By Reg Green
Still, that’s the point. It illustrates what an essay I’ve just been reading says about every spring: “the warm receptive earth yielding to the advances of the sun.”
The essay, by E.B.White (loved by children and their parents around the world for “Charlotte’s Web” and “Stuart Little”) was written in 1975 and is darkened by observations such as there being “so much wrong with the planet with everyone discouraged and uneasy and some desperate.”
Yet, in those almost fifty years Charlotte, the clever spider, has continued to add a touch of mystery, and Stuart, the boy who looks just like a mouse, an extra bit of fun, to bedtime — childhood memories that will warm a lifetime. And the flowers, despite the most abnormal weather, have bloomed every year.
Maybe things aren’t desperate, after all.
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