Spring is Delayed, Please See Agent For Details
The temperatures for most of this March have hovered between a few degrees above to a few degrees below freezing. This means that Spring has been emerging with excruciating slowness. Most nights the soil freezes, along with the potting mix in containers. We have Snowdrops, for which I am grateful, but nothing else.
This makes me think of the goddess Persephone, whose annual trip from the underworld (she has a house-sharing arrangement) causes spring to burst forth. Perhaps spring is delayed because she is stuck at Underworld International Airport. She is sitting in one of those hard plastic chairs staring at an electronic display screen.
Over the loudspeaker she hears: “This is an announcement for passengers on flight 232 to the Land of the Living. The flight has been delayed due to bad weather conditions.”
Or worse: “This is an announcement for passengers on flight 232. Unfortunately, this flight is overbooked. We’re looking for passengers who are willing to take a later flight in exchange for a three day stay in Elysium. Any passenger who is interested should see an agent at Gate 26.” Persephone mutters something about airline deregulation, though it’s true that a lot of deities like to get out of the underworld at this time of year.
Persephone is dressed in ferns and laurels and bluebells, though the bluebells are starting to wilt.
Maybe she’s just stuck in an airport security line. You’d think by now she’d have TSA pre-check.
Of course, last year at this time the ground was still covered with snow, so I really shouldn’t complain. But complaining about the weather is what gardeners do. In fact, there’s a group on Facebook called Weather Bitching for Gardeners (I was one of the first members).
Is there anything we can do to get Persephone onto that flight out of the underworld?Perhaps something to propitiate the gods on Olympus. Or maybe register a complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration.