“In Spring, at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood

Spring is in the air!

Nothing is as beautiful as spring. Spring is a symbol of new life and new beginnings. It is a time in our lives of rebirth and renewal. It is a time to appreciate the many blessings that each new Spring brings. Flowers blooming, birds singing, baby animals, toads, and if we are lucky, a rain shower.

Everyone looks forward to Spring, especially the children at El Ranchito. It opens up slowly at our home. The days get longer, the winds get warmer and everything becomes green again. The garden is planted with little hands and the excitement begins when there is the first sight of life. The grass gets cut for the first time and the smell permeates the air. Nothing beats the smell of freshly cut grass.

Spring is a time of change. It is about opportunity and strengthening the belief in ourselves to overcome obstacles. The greatest of these obstacles is our own fear, which prevents us from taking risks and trying new things. Our children most of all have many fears, past traumas and past family history to overcome. It is our responsibility at El Ranchito to provide opportunities for the children to overcome their fears and grow intellectually, physically and spiritually. Spring is the time for new beginnings and hope for each child.

With the arrival of Spring, I know great things are ahead. It is a time of new possibilities. Some will learn to ride a bike, the older kids will learn to run the lawn mower and others will plant their first seed. The children at our home look forward to Spring as much as I do. Their days are filled with long walks, hard work and watching baby animals grow around them. It is through these life experiences that they will come to grow and overcome the obstacles of their past.

– Kathy Mechenbier, Co-Founder and Board President

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