Stop and Smell the Daffodils
It occurred to me a couple of years ago that I had missed spring. I looked up and it was time for our summer beach trip and I had missed the daffodils. In that moment I realized what a treasure I had taken for granted. As kids we don’t notice how fleeting the seasons are; we don’t even notice specific flowers until we are about 10. So I calculated that I had only had the privilege of really seeing daffodils so many times in my life so far and I had completely missed one of those opportunities. If I live to 85, I will only have the chance to see them another 20 times and that is not nearly enough. Spring is the time of new beginnings; a time of budding trees, spring showers, the sighting of Red winged Blackbirds, and daffodils. I will never miss daffodils again and I hope you don’t either. Right now make a list of all the things you don’t want to miss this spring and spend a few minutes every day noticing the gifts of the season. Then of course get back inside and do some writing!
Anita Tieman, Ed.D
Co-author of the Movement and More series of books.