“April showers bring May flowers.”
My mother taught me this couplet during childhood. Even for a young boy, the meaning seemed obvious. Flowers need rain to grow.
According to the Internet, the source of all factual knowledge, the short poem originated in the 12th century. Thomas Tusser included the verse in his collected works entitled, “A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry.” I apologize, good readers, but I did not research the other ninety-nine points.
Tusser may have “borrowed” his rhyme from a passage in “The Canterbury Tales.” Chaucer wrote:
“When in April the sweet showers fall
That pierce March’s drought to the root and all
And bathed every vein in liquor that has power
To generate therein and sire the flower.”
Call me juvenile, but I prefer Beverly Burch’s version to Geoffrey Chaucer’s verse!
Others seek deeper meaning in the words. We live in a fallen world where it rains on the just and unjust alike. However, God uses life’s storms to cultivate spiritual virtues. All sunshine a desert makes. On the far side of the torrent, we discover divine blessings.
Finally, April showers bring May flowers; but do you know what May flowers bring? The Pilgrims!
May the world titrate measures of rain, sunshine, and flowers in each of our lives.