I can’t help myself. When springtime explodes in the country and we are on the cusp of summer my heart literally skips a beat. When hummingbirds visit while I have my morning coffee on the porch and fireflies light up the night time sky like fireworks, I am in heaven because I know that this is the season when we become more than transient guests in our own home. This season, however fleeting, is the one that literally forces us to stop whatever we are doing and smell the roses.
While Irwin and I try to get away for at least one night a week during the year and spend part of the winter holidays in the country with the family, it is not quite the same as the late spring and summer when we afford ourselves the luxury of spending considerable blocks of time in our rural retreat.
And…what better way to welcome us for the season than to be greeted upon arrival on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend by a sweet little bird finally building the nest I had been pining for since the start of spring; the nest that has been there every spring/summer since we bought the house, the nest I was so disappointed not to see on Mother’s Day.
It is part of my ritual. When I arrive at the house, I walk around and examine the changes in our plantings and check on our seasonal guests including the Robin’s nest in the gutter and the other in our beloved Dogwood. Imagine my utter surprise and sheer glee when I saw the first specks of mud on the porch roof. At that moment I exhaled, knowing that all was right in our little piece of the universe.
We all know that is so easy to get caught up in the complexity of daily living and lose sight of the time we need to spend enjoying the beauty we are surrounded by. But acknowledging it and doing something about it are two incredibly different things. Just the other day, I had that very discussion on Twitter with two good Twitter friends, @tandemantiques and @jonathanlegate. We all acknowledged the fact that because summer is fleeting, we must take time to “smell the roses”, a priority that we often overlook. I said that I needed to enjoy EVERY moment of this precious season and take it one day at a time. Hilary (@andemantiques) agreed adding “It's true - I know that I sometimes squander my now because I'm focused/worried about down the road”, something we are all guilty of and Jonathan added: I’m “always thinking of the future but taking time to enjoy the present while respecting the past.” A truly beautiful statement that says it all and is something we should all allow ourselves to do.
So, here is to summer and the beauty it reveals to us everyday. Let’s all make a commitment now to stop and enjoy "the sweet smell of... roses” this season before it is just a memory.
Some of "the roses" we have stopped to smell this season so far: Enjoy!
Breathtaking Day Lilies