I felt much more appreciative of what was around me. Though I used to basically go out to my favorite sitting spot by the lake with my notebook, last night I paid more attention to what I saw on my way there. Along the way, I saw a few wildflowers for the first time this year: rose (and I got down on my knees to sniff its romantic fragrance), starflower (which I have so far only admired in the books), buttercup, orange hawkweed, thimbleberry (which looks ready to burst forth!) and cream peavine (which is toxic, but has a sweet fragrance).
So not only did I get to meet some old friends and make new ones, I revisited myself. Pardon me for getting a little personal, but I caught a glimpse of how I was when I first moved up here.
I remember not feeling like I had the time to talk to people at the post office, on the street, in the General Store, etc. I always thougth, How do these people have the time to stand around and talk all the time? I have to get things done! You know what? As far as time in a day is concerned, I have less now than I did then, but that internal “rushing” feeling has faded. Life is unsatisfying when I feel that I always have to hurry to my next chore. I have learned to take the time to smell the flowers and talk to my friends.
Ah, I absolutely love living here. I relish in the moments I take to remember why.
I have also seen some other flowers and plants lately. Some I had to look up in my handy dandy guides, but some I remembered from last year. I feel proud when I can identify a plant without having to reference it. I’m learning!
Some of the plants that are flowering lately are the wintercress, bunchberry, heartleaf arnica, gaywings, forget-me-not, choke cherry and sarsasparilla. The ferns are also unfurled, so the paths through the woods are green to the edges. I was wondering how all that brown was going to go away.
This land never ceases to amaze me.