April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers


by Meredith McNair,
Community Relations and Advertising Consultant
Lake Cities Living

A Message From the Community Editor

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” — Richard Bach

Could I have not come up with a more cliche title for this column, or what? The saying, “April showers bring May flowers” is something we’ve all grown up hearing, and in many ways it is overplayed. But what does it really mean? Could it simply be that rain helps plant seeds flourish? Sure! But I doubt it’s so simple.

I relate this saying to the challenging parts of life when we feel we are in a downpour and not sure when or if we will ever see the end in sight. Fortunately, it never fails that soon those heavy rains clear and the sun reappears to cast itself over a lovely field of beauty. Soon, we look up and realize this glorious revival we are enjoying was made possible by the rain’s strength and nourishment.

Let’s take the conversation to the next level and define transition: it’s the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. Just like the caterpillar transitioning to a butterfly. In life, we are in a constant state of transition. Some are small and less noticeable, while others are epic and life altering.

Communities go through transitions, too.

My purpose in bringing all this up is because I know the community of Lake Cities has endured the hardship and frustration brought on by seemingly endless I-35 and city-wide expansion projects and construction. Couple that with economic growing pains, and the hardships feel like they are too much to bear—both for residents and local business owners alike.

Every business owner shares a story about the loss of business traffic and revenue. Every parent knows of the delays moving to and from school drop offs and activities. But with these recent hurdles, we will soon be enjoying the conveniences of vast construction modifications. We’ll be breezing our way around the Lake Cities to enjoy the parks, school activities and dinners out with family and friends before we know it—and the road closures and delays will be a thing of the past.

These “showers” have caused the community to endure temporary hardships, yet we know some day soon the conditions will improve.

Nearly every family faces transition around this time of year. Perhaps it takes the form of an excited senior student awaiting his graduation, or an anxious family registering their little ones for kindergarten, a new homeowner closing on a new home, or a veteran business owner finding that perfect location for business expansion.

In Lake Cities, we have so much for which to be thankful. That includes strong city leaders, competent school administrators, compassionate church leaders and a dedicated community that wants to see Lake Cities be what it was always meant to be—a great place to live and work.

We will soon be thankful that all of those grumbling moments brought on by the recent “showers” will transition our community here into a strong economic beacon.

So get ready to put those umbrellas away. Let the May flowers blossom!

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