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Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)
TITLE: Thoughts on Spring
By Norma-Anne Hough
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Walking out onto the patio, with my coffee, I drink in the beauty, which surrounds me. My lawn covered in purple flowers, which have fallen off the Jacaranda tree. The early birds eating their breakfast off the bird tray hanging safely out of the cat’s reach.
The garden is ablaze with colour. Yellow daffodils, red tulips, white, red and blue petunias dominate the beds. The roses and gardenia add to the beauty, their heady smells blending to make a beautiful perfume.
The flowering Jasmine on the patio reminds me of the birth of Jacqueline, my eldest daughter. Although she is living far apart from us, she is as close as the jasmine. I see her daily as I walk outside. Of an evening when the perfume from the jasmine blossoms fills the air, I am reminded of her beauty and love. Softly I whisper, “I love and miss you and wish you were here.”
Walking with the dogs along the river towpath opens my eyes to the beauty, which surrounds us. The vegetation is thick and luscious. Little flowers peep out here and there. The dogs see the ducks and ducklings and would love to run after them; fortunately, they are unable to reach them. Passers by and the odd angler greet us.
As much as spring brings new life and growth, it also brings sadness and longing. My mother died at the beginning of spring, a few years back. Death brought cruel separation to our doorstep, yet for her it opened heaven’s door, to be greeted by beauty and joy previously unknown.
“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”
Virgil A. Kraft.
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