Monday, April 1, 2013

Blooming Inside

When the snow finally melts away and green springs up where brown used to be, I feel like I, too, re-emerge somehow. As if part of my soul has been hibernating but is now free. Like I'm a butterfly that swung much too long in her cocoon and can't wait to soar.

This little tree--I planted her; she lives in my front garden and I named her Camille--shows exactly what happens to my insides each spring. They bloom a perfect kind of happy. My sweet Camille isn't decked out quite this fancy just yet, but she will be in a few weeks. I call it her prom dress because she blossoms right when all the neighbor girls are heading to their proms.

As for me, I sashay and whirl and skip, probably even prance, because . . . it's spring! Just curious, does spring make you this happy? If not spring, then what is it that makes your insides bob and jig? And it doesn't have to be a season. Maybe for you it's shoes or chocolate or hugs or Mountain Dew. Anyway, what's your thing?

26 comments:

  1. I have mixed feelings about spring. Spring generally brings sneezing, sniffling, itchy eyes, stuffed nose and all around allergy ickyness. I'm much more of an autumn girl.

    I love to garden though and I love to see all my flowers blooming and to get all my vegetables in. Your tree is pretty though, and I hope you're having a nice spring.

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  2. I love Spring and wish it would come here already. It's finally starting to warm up a tad.

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  3. You already know Fall is my favorite since Spring where I live is probably the equivalent of your summer. Then when my summer shows up... well yeah...
    However, I'm very happy for you that the snow is finally going away. You deserve your fun season too. :)

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  4. Gorgeous tree! Gorgeous season. Happy spring, Barbara.

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  5. Camille is gorgeous! I wish I had her sister in my yard. :)

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  6. Yes! Spring makes me want to dance, and skip and then stop and smell the flowers.
    Thank you for this wonderful post!

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  7. I'm actually hoping for more winter. We haven't had much this year and desperately need more rain. Autumn is my favorite season and it makes me happy. You do have a pretty tree, though.

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  8. I LOVE that you named your tree! Dang, you're cute! But seriously, I have to agree with you whole heartedly. Spring makes me feel like I'm finally awaking again after a (much too long) winter's sleep.

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  9. I can't wait to whirl, sashay and skip to the arrival of spring! Love the bush, it is so pretty.

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  10. I love the name you chose for your tree. And I thought my sister was the only one who named her trees. :)

    Spring is definitely my favorite season. Winter makes me tend to hibernate a bit, to settle inside and get a lot of reading and writing done, but not enough exercise. So when I see those crocuses struggling to push their way through the snow, I'm happy.

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  11. Yes! I love spring...and I love that you call this look "her prom dress."

    It's snowing in Chicago today. Not right at all.

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  12. Indeed! Love spring and all the promise of a new season full of life. Camille is a beauty. :D Happy Spring!

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  13. Barbara, this post reminds me of your post about fall. Fall is my season; spring, not so much. I told my daughter that spring is like a pregnant woman, cranky and unstable. But once she gives birth, everything is beautiful.

    Have a good week. :)

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  14. Beautiful picture! I love spring too, when the air has a different smell and everything starts to bloom.

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  15. You made me smile--naming a tree? Imagining it in a prom dress? Pretty neat! Those first morning walks when spring finally comes make me happy like that. Also, yesterday--Easter Sunday--when the 4-and 2-year old grandkids came over and were finally able to play outside. What a joy to watch them--and chase after them. That means spring has really come :-)

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  16. Beautiful post . . . even if spring is my least favorite season. Spring means FCAT and holding third graders back based on a 70 minute test given on 1 freakin' day, ugh! And then it means trying to teach when kids think school is 'over' b/c the FCAT is done!

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  17. Your tree is so pretty! I'm more of an autumn girl, but that's because I've never had to deal with snow, so I can see why spring would be a welcome reprieve for you!

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  18. Spring rules (my birthday is the first day of spring.)

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  19. I love spring and that strange undercurrent of awakening joy it brings. You captured it so well. I love it that you named your tree! That's wonderful!

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  20. Spring is beautiful, isn't it. I love when the trees and flowers get decked out in their finery and celebrate the warm weather with us.

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  21. It doesn't look like spring here. It's just gray and brown. :(

    We were in Anaheim last week and loved the green grass and trees and all the flowers. And then we came home. :P

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  22. I love that you named your tree and her flowers are her prom dress! I have a similar one in my front yard, and I'm all kinds of happy when she blooms.

    I'm so happy when I get up in the mountains for my first hike or trail ride after a long winter! But heck, I'm just happy getting home work and sitting down with a good book and a cup of tea.

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  23. Camille is beautiful, and I love that she has a name!

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  24. Wandered over from Literary Rambles. Is your book not on Goodreads?

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