Kaleidoscope by Berni Steinbach
The Bass Islands are a fantastic place to observe and experience transitions. Changes come in both pleasing and challenging forms, but rewards come through the part we play as water flows over the mill-wheel.
February’s record-setting weather seemed interminable to some. There was snow, cold, below-freezing cold, ice, and more snow. However, this sequence created some of our best memories because we adapted to the conditions and lived happily while four-wheeling, ice-fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, and sharing it all with friends far and near. If winter toys were not at one’s disposal, walking the dog, meeting with friends, taking photos, and reminiscing about warmer days did the trick. Of course, many adjusted by heading off-island to dream destinations–but this, too, was a great way to grab transition by the horns.
Not all the mill’s water was channeled by the weather. In fact, much took place indicative of the stages we cycle through as part of organizations or businesses. For example, the Put-in-Bay Arts Council continued with monthly Monday meetings while laying out plans for exciting summer activities, as did the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce by hiring a new social media coordinator. The drama society engaged members in the production of its next play, “Laffing Room Only,” to be presented April 3-5th. The Put-in-Bay EMS immersed itself in continuing education, while The Boardwalk, Miller Boat Line, and Crew’s Nest sent representatives to mainland expositions so off-islanders could savor the summer aura for which this region is well-known. Product-buying trips by other proprietors also signaled forthcoming changes.
The vitality in “change” is often stressful and tiring. Chronic health difficulties or sudden emergencies require attentiveness to transitions we prefer to avoid, but which are inescapable. On the Islands, we live through these moments with strong community support from two airlines, health checks at the Senior Center, mainland doctors and pharmacies, and EMS and Life Flight. Neither are our churches to be overlooked as they generate compassion and understanding during our trials.
The beginning of climatological spring on March 1st, followed by the vernal equinox on March 20th, presents another opportunity to measure our engagement in transitions. I hope it is a good season for all!