"In due season"

Does the naturalist in certain northern latitudes look abroad upon early April's brave efforts and meager attainments and exclaim disparagingly: "How few and small are the flowers to be found! The hillsides are bare. The trees have no leaves"? To look so early for and expect richer results in unfolding growth would be to demand the progress and fruitage which are not due until after many weeks more of sunshine and rain, not perhaps until after the month of May takes up the work. A gradual unfoldment and growth is the continuation of the small beginnings and awakenings of the almost wintry month of March.

Even though the signs of progress in greenness and growth be few, and perhaps slow, in one's early spring environment, surely no one can feel disappointed and dissatisfied, unless he foolishly compares the advancement in colder climes with that under southern skies and in warmer latitudes. One who measures justly the signs of progress from a recent winter, with its snow and ice, can experience nothing but hope and joy, and be filled with gratitude at sight of the humble flowers, the swelling leaf buds, the fringe of green along the marshes.

"Know thyself"
April 24, 1926

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