It’s Easter weekend like none in the past. There will be no folks wearing their Sunday best at church services, no traditional parade of pooches at Turtle Creek Park nor an egg search in the Arboretum’s Jonsson Color Garden. Perhaps it’s just as well. In addition to North Texans staying in place because of COVID-19, the forecast is rain starting Saturday.
But Sunday afternoon there is a rumor that the clouds just might part ways and allow people to stroll around their neighborhoods with flowers blooming. Go ahead and give that bloom a sniff. Social distancing doesn’t apply to roses.
And while the folks in your hood won’t be able to get-up-close-and-personal, they will be able to exchange something that has taken on a new importance. It’s the wave of the hand and a smile.
In recent weeks, these simple, spontaneous gestures have taken on the same significance as World War II’s “V” for victory. Each time they’ve been a signal among friends and strangers that we’re all in this challenging time together and together we’ll emerge with a greater appreciation for life, freedom and each other.