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Friday
Feb082013

Perfect Timing

The frozen sunshine of an ice-covered dandelion perfectly portrayed the signature whiplash of North Carolina winters. Two slippery steps beyond this unexpected splash of color, I turned around to honor (and photograph) Nature’s tiny gift.

I’ve often joked with my kids that God hates daffodils, because they always seem to bloom too early, their glory almost always cut short by snow or ice.  A tease, like the January robins, that maybe the worst of winter is over already.  But this is the first time I’ve seen a dandelion this early, and I found my attention returning to it for days afterward.

My first thought was, “Bad timing.”  We all know that timing is everything, and it seemed that Nature had ejaculated prematurely.  It was surprising, yet comforting, to think that even plants can make mistakes.  But this little flower haunted me for some reason, as if there was a bigger message waiting to thaw.

Two days later, when the ice had all melted and the sun (and inevitable mud) had returned, it came to me.  This dandelion seized the moment that felt right to it, regardless of what anybody else thought.  It bloomed without any thought of what might happen, or of the predicted ice storm.  It did what it had to do, it became itself, when the time was right for Its Own Self.  No excuses.  That tiny flower brought a big message.  “It’s your life.  Just live it.  Do what you have to do, whatever that is.  Take a deep breath and dive in.  No need to explain anything to anyone.”

Yes, timing is everything.  And there’s no time like now to be Who You Are.  Go ahead.  Bloom.  I dare you.

Reader Comments (2)

Phenomenal! I choose to take that dare, and bloom! xxoo

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Gray

Yes! oxoxox

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHarriet
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