I am sitting here listening to the wind whip through the trees. There is no rain right now but it is supposed to get worse. Just yesterday it was sunny and beautiful and we were outside working in the yard and picking flowers. New England is always a mystery.

Happy Birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Caroline Dolby and Jacoby Hartman who celebrated April 11; Lillian Avakian, April 12; Kylee Brasefield, Isabella Florio, Riley Kaeka and Sania Magaraci who all celebrate their day today April 17.

I think under the circumstances everyone had a decent Easter. There were many church services online, by podcast, and some were posted on Facebook. I listened to a service while I walked the dog that was posted by a minister from Fall River who now resides and preaches in Arizona. He was my family’s minister for a while.

I smiled as I listened to the music, thinking of Dave Hewitt who was the organist at the Federated Church, and thinking of Rev. John Schule and his annual Easter service. I loved looking at all the little girls all dressed up in their new dresses and shoes and some even sporting a new hat. Of course, the young boys were fidgeting in their suit jacket and their ties. But they always looked so handsome.

It has not been easy for kids celebrating their birthdays these days. They are not in school to see their friends, they can’t have sleepovers or parties, but I have seen some amazing compromises. The biggest one I love is friends and parents getting together and driving by the birthday person’s house. There are signs and balloons and a lot of beeping of horns by friends and relatives. If it puts a smile on their face it is so worth it.

I hope you are all safe and well and keeping your social distance and washing your hands. I hope we all see each other soon.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.