We had a season without magnolias last year because of warm February and cold April temps and it was like the world had reset when the magnolias came back this year in full glory. I almost forgot how gracefully beautiful the large billowy petals are. Spring, even more so than Fall, is a season that is fleeting, and more so each year. Seems like every April we’re pushed to desperation for Spring to arrive; when it finally does and the city transforms from gray and brown to pinks and greens, we breathe again. It was nice to see the magnolias this year. Spring was out of sorts without those first tree blossoms to signal the transition of the seasons last year, so I’ll take that as a good sign. After a few weeks of extreme temperatures in both directions, I think we’re finally settling into seasonal weather.
We know that May is going to fly. The girls are already thinking beyond the school year and towards summer. I tell them to slow down because it feels like we sometimes just look ahead. I’m not in a rush for summer – not yet, but I’m already getting that familiar knot in my stomach that I always seem to get this time of year in anticipation of another school year done and a shift in the daily rhythm of life that we become so accustomed to. Maybe that’s why the beginning of summer can be so jarring – we’re forced to adjust to new schedules instead of operating on autopilot. This Fall comes with a big transition for our oldest and I’m feeling the rush of time. The dynamics of family life will change as it always does when one member goes through a transition in life. We’re all interconnected like that, aren’t we?
This Spring, I’ve been working on gratitude and learning how to be more content. I’ve also made it a point to go out and spend time with friends. As the girls make their way through life and transition through schools, I tell them that you have to work to make friendships last. And isn’t that so true? I make the analogy that friendships are like plants that need care to survive and I tell them to treasure the relationships that are important to them. Maybe you don’t truly realize the importance of this as adolescents journey through life at a different speed than we do. It’s funny how they want to speed up time and we want to slow it way down. I suppose that’s where all this internal work of trying to be more content comes in: to enjoy the trees, the flowers, the time spent with family, and to not take life so damn seriously.