The question was simple. The ladies were asked, “What are the words that you like to hear the most in the spring?”
Well, there was no lack of response to something as simple as that. And everyone seemed to have their own personal favourite.
They ranged from the first robins, to tulips, maple syrup, the first chirping or peeping of frogs on a warm spring evening, to, naturally, the clusters of trilliums under the maple trees on a sunny slope. Of course, the lady who had asked the question had had a special spring reason for asking her friends that question in the first place. A rhetorical sort of thing.
So, when they finally turned back to her to get her opinion on the subject, she smiled and said, “The best spring words are tax refund!” Then she continued and gushed, “And I got one!”
There was a mixed reaction from her friends. A couple of them chimed in with a cheerful agreement, because they had gotten one too. From the looks of the others, however, it was obvious that for them, it was not a ‘refund’ kind of spring.
Sometimes feeling good in the spring, or at any other time, has little to do with sunshine and the weather.
The oft-quoted Biblical reference to taxes, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s,” (Luke 20:25), is attributed to Jesus. It doesn’t say whether it should be done in the spring or any other season in particular.
It also says somewhere that the Lord loves a cheerful giver.