Today is officially spring.
And, to mark the occasion, the magnolia tree outside my living room’s picture window burst into color, seemingly over night. The change in view was so dramatic, I blinked at the tree for a few moments, wondering where it came from (admittedly, I hadn’t had my coffee yet, so my brain was still asleep).
Of course, the tree didn’t exactly bloom over night. For months, it was there, all awkward and spindly, slowly waking up after winter, grumbling and stretching and feeling for the sunshine in all the gray.*
A lot of unseen processes skittered about beneath the surface, preparing the tree to flower at just the right time. Despite the unusually warm winter. Despite the other flowers that bloomed prematurely in February. Despite all other reason for it to bloom earlier because conditions seemed right, it waited to bloom when it was ready.
When that moment arrived, it was startling. It was as if before that moment, I only saw the idea of the tree. A shadow of its true tree self. And, though it took its time to show me what it really is, it’s still beautiful in its own right, and just as beautiful as the other trees that bloomed before it.
*Note: this may not be scientifically accurate.
21 thoughts on “That Moment”
Very pretty! Just saw a fresh bloom of white roses in my garden 🙂
I totally miss those trees. We had them all over when I lived in Seattle, but they aren’t in Florida. Thank you for sharing the moment!
This tree was a lovely surprise when we moved to our house a few years ago! I look forward to it blooming each spring, and it honestly surprises me every time!
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I keep coming back to this post to read it so I thought I should leave an actual comment, hehe. Love your message! As always, I appreciate your insight, inspiration and wisdom. I think this will be a favorite post for a long time. *hugs*
aw, I’m glad this little post resonated so well… 😀
Thank you for commenting, I always enjoy when you visit ^_^
What a beautiful photo. I’d like to see that Magnolia tree. How exciting that everything is in bloom. And I like the deeper message you bring to this post 🙂
Thank you Melissa!
What a gorgeous tree and sentiment. 🙂
I keep hoping I’ll know when my moment is, but I don’t think we are supposed to ahead of time. We work and do what makes us happy, and that is a moment unto itself each day. If there is to be a bigger moment, when it’s time, boom, it happens! Cheers to you and your moment!
Wow, that is such a beautiful tree. I love magnolias. Beautiful post too, very inspiring.
Here’s to hoping each one of us “blooms” in our own way when the time is right. 🙂
Hear, Hear! 😀 And, that was almost exactly what I was thinking when I wrote this!
Thank you for your commenting efforts, too! I appreciate it!
I want your tree! We have magnolia’s aplenty down here, but all of them have the white blooms. Pink?! WOULD BE SO AWESOME.
It’s also apparently really tasty, because the squirrels love to eat the blossoms 😀
So pretty! It’s been insanely nice out so I’ve been getting in some quality Vitamin D time 😀 I love Spring, especially after every plant has it’s Moment, and everything is all bloomed.
I know! All I want to do is sit outside and bask!
I’ve never seen pink blooms, only the white. these are beautiful. Do they smell really sweet?
Yes! very pretty smelling! ^_^
Isn’t it amazing when That Moment comes? I love springtime for those moments 🙂
I know! It’s been so gray that I had to stop and stare at the pretty colors ^_^