When my boys were small, a favorite Springtime activity was to see the flowers, blooming on the nearby hillside. My boys used to say it was like walking into a rainbow with its many variegated swaths of color.
Now those boys are grown men, but I recently went in search of some Spring blossoms and was reminded of why this season is so special yet fleeting, much like raising children. The first years of childhood are wonderous, and all encompassing. We watch our children’s personalities and bodies develop and grow, much like the blossoming of the trees and flowers.
The passage of the many milestones such as first tooth, first steps, first day of school and ultimately, leaving the home as they find their own path into the world mimics the cycle of the plants buds maturing into their glorious flowers.
In the beginning it seems daunting-am I doing this the correct way? Will I ever have a full night’s sleep? To having the roles reversed-now I am the first one to bed when my sons visit and they seem like nocturnal animals to me, staying up until dawn!
Last year I visited the Orchid show at the New York Botanical Gardens, (visit Springtime and The Beautiful Orchid) and was dazzled by the depth and variety of orchids displayed. This Spring, I visited some local parks and nurseries to get my Spring bloom viewing in and was no less thrilled by the wonderful colors and species on display.
The season is a special time of renewal and birth reminding us of the recent Mother’s Day and the ever-changing life cycles of Mother Nature which mimic our own growing families. Those special moments of life pass by all too quickly, so embrace Spring and enjoy her gifts!
Photo Credits: Denise Benson