may 7, 2019

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“Treat everyone you meet like they are God in drag.” ~ Baba Ram Dass

 

centered

 

This year’s weather turned out to be perfect for tulips. This red beauty in my backyard got its start in life as a UK tulip. It either came from the President’s yard or the main building grounds; impossible to say which. Years ago, before they changed the way landscaping is done on campus, they changed bulbs every year, and every year Marie, Crystal, Shell and I would gather as many freshly dug bulbs as we could carry. The bulbs were destined for the garbage bin. The gardeners hated to see them trashed as much as we did and turned their heads. In some cases, they gave us bags and helped us fill them. Most years the tulips in my yard have not faired well. This year has been different. The tulips don’t last long, but when they’re having a good year, my goodness the glory they possess. 

 

deep red

april 21, 2014

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When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive,
to think, to enjoy, to love…” ~ Marcus Aurelius

 

 

finally, tulips!
finally, tulips!

 

It’s a big deal that these tulips bloomed. Planted in my front flower bed for three years, they’ve never produced blooms until this year. Remember my neighbor’s enormous hedge of honeysuckle we hacked down a month ago? It was so tall no morning sun ever reached the tulips. They would sprout leaves, but never bloom. I’m planting more now that they’ve got a fighting chance. People are like tulips sometimes. A little sunshine goes a long way.

april 15, 2013

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Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” ~ Unknown

bloomers (instagram)
bloomers (instagram)

What a difference last week (left) to this (right). The tulips finally comfy enough to bloom. Poor things looked ever so cold last week. Even their color was muted. It does the heart good to see nature reborn; to smell the fresh cut grass; to hear laughter from a distant playground. May these beautiful tupils bring joy to your world as they do in mine, if only for a moment, and may they remind us of what’s truly important in this life.