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“Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.” -- Mary Ann Brussat.

Late this afternoon, I sat down on our back steps, feeling beaten down by life physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually. It seems like every day brings another thing going wrong, a new problem to be solved, something else that needs fixing.

Then I glanced over at our side yard, and saw this among the dead leaves:

I looked more closely. There were more than 25 beautiful blooms in the desert of leaves, yet I had never done any planting or weeding there. I asked my husband where those had come from, and he named the couple who had owned our house almost 20 years ago!

They had bloomed despite total neglect on my part, despite my depression, despite the weather all these years, despite everything. Maybe I had seen these flowers before, but I had no memory of it.

Counting the blooms, I noticed that one or two were still tightly closed. But then again, spring is still young.

Maybe there's hope.

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Mar. 27th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
There's always hope.
Mar. 27th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
I ran over mine with the lawn mower and they still come up. I guess as long as the bulbs are still in the ground, they'll come up.

I think they have specific timing cause the trees are budding as well and it hasn't been that warm.

Mar. 28th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
How amazing...the flowers of spring are so uplifting.

~ Huckdoll
Mar. 28th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Sometimes all we have is hope.........
Your pictures are gorgeous...daffodils are absolutely my favorite harbinger of spring....
Mar. 28th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
What a truly amazing story! I think I have used that same words
"beaten down physically, emtionally, spiritually". I can relate to your words and the wonder of nature! I am so glad I found your blog. Hope to chat with you more in the future :)
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