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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Arbor Day – April 25th

(Photos by Microsoft Clipart) ~~ Today, at lunch time, I got out and took a walk around a park not far from work. If those old trees could talk, I wonder what stories they would tell of times past and the people they saw and the changes they bore.

It felt good to shed some of those winter garments and breathe in some fresh air. The trees are starting to bud and some of the crabapple trees are already in blossom dressed in pinks and whites. I caught a drift of the scent of those blossoms as I walked out of the building. Ahhhh.

What a beautiful time of the year, Spring, when everything begins to awaken from the long months of rest over the winter. The sky seems brighter and you can hear the birds chirping louder in the morning as if they’re calling up the sun. Earth shows its life force in the change of seasons - in Spring with endurance coming back from winter and vulnerability in the Fall when it gives in to dormancy and rest.

Arbor Day is officially recognized the last Friday in April and people all around celebrate by planting a tree.
I remember one year we got 10 free Colorado Spruce trees for becoming a member to the Arbor Day Foundation. We had 8 of them going strong until we had to transplant them. We had started them in the wrong place behind our shed and they were growing fast.

We only have 2 left after transplanting but they are doing well – about 2-1/2 feet tall. Not bad from small beginnings as a suckling in the Rocky Mountains. One day, I hope to see them grow tall enough to decorate for Christmas.

It makes me wonder - one group is encouraging the planting of trees while the other group is thinning forests and mitigating. I hope they all are in balance in what it is they’re promoting.

With all that humans have done to disrupt the natural cycles, it is all the more fitting for more of us to join in and give our support to turn things around and support Nature and this beautiful planet on which we live.

So, go plant a tree, rake up the grass, clean out the flower beds, get your hands dirty and smell the earth.

With Nature doing its job of stirring and waking up, the reflections of books read and lessons learned also begin to rise in my Spirit. I’m connected to the awakening process of this season and the stirrings within my soul. I’m excited for the new growth and fresh beginnings.

It’s a new season. Look all around, you can see the signs and you can also see the secret language within emerging in this new awakening.


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4 comments:

JEMi | Tips for Life, Love, You said...

Right before I stopped by your site today, I was looking outside of my deck.. it's so beautiful today. Spring is one of my very favorite seasons..

There's a tree outside of my window and it feels like all it's blossoms came it overnight :)

Thank you for another beautiful post :)

Pat said...

JEMi - what a nice surprise to have you stop in and comment.

Thank you for the image of Spring and the tree in blossom. It is a beautiful and refreshing time of year.

We can check things out in our yards to see what's beginning to pop up and start growing.

It's much like what we can do within ourselves. Take an inventory to see what has come through the wintery storms.

I appreciate your kind words and warm thoughts. I'm happy you stopped by. Looking forward to talking again.

Barbara Swafford said...

Hi Pat,

Isn't Spring great? I have noticed the new buds on the trees, and my weeping cherry has beautiful blossoms. I always worry though as we live close to the Cascade Mountain Range and our night time temperatures are still dipping below freezing. I don't want to lose any of those tender buds/blossoms to frost, as I so enjoy the outcome.

Soon I can work in the yard, play in the dirt and enjoy the fresh air.

Pat said...

Barbara - where you live sounds similar to where we live in the Rocky Mountains at 8500'. The nights are cool and it's slower to warm up than in Denver.

When those blossoms start it smells so good when they come into full bloom.

We have a lilac bush that keeps trying every year and gets buds on it but the deer get to it before it has a chance to bloom.

We're transplanting it this weekend and hopefully it will survive and get a chance to grow. I love the smell of lilac too.

Yes, it is a beautiful time of year where we can shed the heavy winter coats and open the windows and smell the fresh air.

I love it. Thanks for stopping by again. I always enjoy what you have to share.