2012.05.26  ぼくの木と、小満(しょうまん)。

  
 マンション暮らしは、わずかな土(地べた)もありません。小さな楽しみはベランダです。鉢植えのブルーベリーは花が終わり緑の実が見えます。可憐です。イングリッシュ・ラベンダーの蕾がふくらんでいる。そんな小さな場所にも、「小満」の季節がやってきました。
 どうして、季節は間違うことなくやってくるのだろう。いつも不思議に思って眺めます。

 庭はないけれど、「ぼくの木」と呼んでいる木が、二本あります。一本は若もののケヤキ。もう一本は、いじめに遭っているような坂の上のプラタナス。二本(二人?)はぼくの友だちなのです。通るときは握手の代わりに、手のひらで幹を軽く叩いて「お早う、元気かい?」などと声かけます。ひたひた、と幹は冷たい感触の返事を、でも嬉しそうにします。

 ほんの三つ前の節気「清明」のころは一枚の葉もなく、二本とも小枝はばっさり切り落され丸裸で寒そうでした。しかし、ケヤキはいま別人のよう。みずみずしい緑を着て満足げに見えます。いや、確かに葉のそよぎやたたずまいに喜びと自信が感じられます。友だちになってから、それが分かるようになりました。(プラタナス君は、ちょっといじけていますが)

 ところで「小満(しょうまん)」て、おかしな名前ですね。調べてみました。
 小満とは立春から数えて8番目の節気、太陽暦の5月21日ごろから15日間の季節のことです。意味を知ると「なーるほど」と昔の人の偉さに驚きます。
 秋に蒔(ま)いた麦などが成長し穂がつくころで、ほっとひと安心。「少し満足する」ので「小満」。ふうーん、と納得します。
 田畑を耕して生活の糧を得ていた時代、農作物収穫の有無は人の生死にかかわる大問題だったのですね。
 節気(暦)は暮らしにとって不可欠の、重要情報だったことが分かります。

 そして、勝田理事長がよく言うように日本という国は「祈り」と「感謝」で暮らしてきたのだと、節気を考えると気づきます。 
◎“ともいき暦”を覗いてみませんか。日本の良さがわかります。そして、五感で自然のうつろいを味わいましょう。
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◎あなたも、「私の木」を探してはいかが? 歩くのが楽しくなると思います。
◎おまけ情報:
①西洋占星術では、小満を双児宮(ふたご座)の始まりとする。②沖縄では、 次の節気と合わせた小満芒種(すーまんぼーすー)という語が梅雨の意味で使われる。とのことでした。

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