So it’s Irish Spring-time.

Apparently when things start to come alive again after a long winter sleep.

But Mother Nature has a cruel streak it would seem.

The kids were just back to school after the brief break for St.Patricks Day. The sun shone over the weekend and they started to enjoy the benefits of outdoor fun again.

Unexpectedly, the two boys returned home from school on Monday to find out that the family’s oldest pet, our basset hound had passed away.

So, they are jumping off walls in a park one day, the next they are coping with their first significant life lesson.

They won’t see it now, but these growing pains will help them deal with the larger shocks that life will inevitably throw at them.

We’ll be planting a nice tree in the garden this weekend I think.