Sunday, April 27, 2008

April Showers

April showers bring May flowers." --Unknown

Well, almost anyway. Actually the April showers we've had lately have brought April flowers. We had a few showers today--nothing hard or stormy, but instead rather drippy and drizzly. And the flowers have already arrived, as they always do. But, they seem to be especially beautiful this year! These are some that return every year to my backyard. I don't know where they came from; they just appeared in the very back of my yard many years ago.
Near one of our busiest interesections, the city planted wildflowers a few years ago. Of course, that area is a "no mow" zone for a couple of months in the spring and for a while there, things were looking mighty scraggly. But, now, Oh My Goodness! The wildflowers are amazing---the prettiest that I ever remember. Since they are planted on a hill that separates the road from a run-down neighborhood, the poppies and other flowers most certainly bring a smile to passing motorists (they do to me, anyway) in an area that rarely receives one otherwise. Maybe it brings hope to those that live there, too---a place of beauty in the midst of their personal struggles and chaos.
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