Tonight, from 8:30 to 9:30 is “Earth Hour”, an international event organized by the World Wildlife Fund. The event asks you to “join hundreds of millions of people around the world and turn off your lights for one hour to show your commitment to climate change” … nearly 60,000 people have committed at the WWF site already.
Well, the climate is a’changin’ here on our planet, that’s for sure, and the past two years Mother Nature has given us plenty to yak about, especially during the Winter. We’re already a week into Spring, and while I was running errands this morning, the snow flurries were flying and it was freezing. Yikes!
On my “to do” list, I scratched off taking the Winter coats and hats to the cleaners for a couple of more weeks at least.
I parked a good deal away from the grocery store to get some fresh air and add some steps to my trip. Then, I racked up another two miles from shopping and schlepping groceries from the car into the house. Today the miles driven and walked are the same for 2015 – 46 miles to date.
The store was bursting at the seams with Easter goodies and paraphernalia, even though folks were bundled up in heavy coats, and warm wool hats and gloves. The frosty temps seemed absurd once you saw the array of pastel frilly dresses for young girls and the brightly colored baskets, towering white chocolate bunnies and foil-wrapped eggs sitting on vibrant shades of plastic Easter grass.
At 24 degrees, with a wind-chill of 12 degrees, who can think of next week’s big holiday, no matter how many treats you tossed into your cart?
Those Saturday shoppers and their peeps crowded around the aisle where those sweet and sugary marshmallow “Peeps” were displayed. “Peeps” continue to corner the Easter market and have squeezed out the other seasonal items, even the perpetual favorite – jellybeans. There were boxes and boxes of pastel marshmallow chicks and bunnies, sure to please every palate. And, if that sticky marshmallow sweetness isn’t your shtick, you can always buy “Peeps” cupcake wrappers and cake decorations. Did you know that now you can even get “Peeps” Easter milk which is inspired by these marshmallow treats? If your kids swigged down a glass or two of marshmallow eggnog, or chocolate marshmallow milk, they’d be bouncing off the walls for sure.
Tomorrow afternoon, the City-sponsored Easter egg hunt will take place, hopefully not at the same time as the one or two inches of snow the forecasters are now predicting. That’ll put a kibosh on this annual event. Can you imagine the little nippers scrambling around Memorial Park in the snow, clutching their baskets and taking a booted foot to part the white stuff and find those plastic eggs packed with treats and fast-food coupons?
At least the tall guy dressed in his furry bunny costume and posing as Peter Cottontail will be warm.
Perhaps the parents, as they clamber to get up close with their cameras, will make some warm and fuzzy memories to share with friends and family as well.