Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Cleaning the Flower Bed

A funny thing happens in a flower bed...  When the summer and fall flowers have finished their brightly colored and exuberant dance, folded their little petal heads, and drifted off to sleep, someone else comes in.  The flower bed appears dead and barren all winter.  There seems to be no sign of life....and then!  They appear.  All these tiny little green spirits...covering the ground.  It looks as tho a little colony of doily clothed ladies slip in, fluff their dresses out around them, and settle down in nice cozy spots all over.  They don't settle in deep...perhaps they know their moment on stage will be brief.  They aren't planted there....they just appear....almost like an opening act for the wild array of color and gaiety that will soon follow.  At any rate, that is what I spent much of today doing....removing those little ladies from the bed to make room for what is to come.  There is something invigorating and cleansing about getting your hands in the dirt for the first time every spring.  Something about clearing away the barrenness of the prior season  that makes you breathe more deeply and see more clearly.  Comes close to making you contemplate the things in your life that you need to clear out so that you can make room for the beauty that is to be.  Ahhhhh.....nothing like working outside to get you thinking.  :)

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