For one week every spring the three Golden Trumpet trees off of our back patio come into full bloom. Their scientific name is tabebuia chrysotricha and, yes. I googled that.
It’s pretty amazing to see this happen because, for the winter months, the trees are bare and suddenly… thousands of yellow blooms appear almost overnight. It’s truly a very magical welcome to spring.
Sadly, within a week all of the beautiful yellow flowers are on the ground. I’m always surprised that they only last for one week out of the year – almost exactly one week every time.
And it always makes me a little melancholy to see them go, as if this year would be somehow different than the last.
While I was having my morning coffee on the back patio, per usual, I noticed that there was one last yellow flower left on one of the three trees. Since I also tend to work out back my eyes kept drifting back to it throughout the day.
If nothing else, it was a better distraction than Facebook.
The breeze was blowing and it even rained a little bit that day but that last yellow flower was just hanging on for dear life (the “dear life” part makes for a better story).
As I took the picture I found myself reasoning with the flower.
My thoughts ranged from “Don’t let go” (see Titanic) to “It’s ok. You can let go now”.
Fortunately this was an internal dialogue because the fact that
- “that lady is out back in her pajamas taking pictures again” topped with
- “annnd she’s talking to a tree”
may have put a few neighbors over the edge. #BloggerProblems
Truth be told I was really moved to once again see such a majestic transition of nature in such a short time span. When I woke up the next morning the last flower was gone and the tree will bloom again next spring.
By next spring
- our oldest will be finishing his junior year in college
- “middlest” will be finishing his first year of 6th grade
- it will be almost eight years since we “lost everything” and started over
- lots of other things will have happened (et al.)
- oh and, God willing, I’ll be a year older (but enough about that…)
Now I’ll just “go out on a limb” and come right out and admit that there are some days I am completely overwhelmed and I feel like I too am barely hanging on and keeping it all together. I know I am not the only one.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
“We are not consumed”. I love that. How many times a week do we feel consumed by life and deadlines and commitments and every other little thing?
Some days are just too much, right? I constantly remind myself that there are so many people in the world that would gladly take on my “too much” in exchange for their own hardships, let alone a glass of fresh tap water.
That doesn’t always make the frustration go away as quickly as I would like sometimes but it helps.
The reality is that it CAN seem like all things in the universe are on a mission to test us some days. You’ve of course heard the expression “when it rains it pours”. Whoever coined that phrase is pretty smart. Maybe they even invented the scientific name of the tree I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
On rainy days when we were little, my Mom would set us up with a big tub of salt on the back patio and we could just pour and play with the salt and generally just make a mess.
The best part is that The. Mess. Didn’t. Matter. Not one bit. It was a rainy day yet we could play, imagine, create and spill salt and it could easily be cleaned up and readied for the next rainy day.
New every morning.
If you ever feel like you are just “barely hanging on” just remember this. As Scarlett O’Hara so aptly said: “Tomorrow is another day“, my friends. How incredibly awesome is it that we can wake up to a new day and that we can prioritize and start fresh.
It’s a gift.
The yellow flowers have now been replaced by beautiful green leaves that will stick around until the Fall. We don’t get too many visuals of the seasons here in Florida and for this season, this day, I choose to embrace it.
Claire is a wife and busy working Mom to three boys and A Little CLAIREification is a lifestyle blog committed to bringing readers “Bright Ideas On A Budget” – from recipes, crafts and DIY projects to time management tips, meal planning and inspiration.
A self proclaimed CHEESE addict and lover of Sharpie markers in every color known to man, Claire also likes to throw a little fun and laughter in the mix as well.