Thankful Thursday: I’m Thankful for Spring Flowers

Today is Thankful Thursday. We’re also in the midst of our beginning of the month challenges. So this will be Thankful Thursday with a twist. I’m going to tell you what I’m thankful for, but there’s a challenge in it for you, too! It’s the easiest and most enjoyable challenge yet. Read on to find out!

Thankful Thursday

I am SOOOOOO thankful for the beautiful weather that has finally arrived! I was in my glory yesterday. The sun was shining, it was 78 degrees, the flowers are blooming, and the trees are budding. It does my heart good. I took my camera outside to capture some of the blooms for today’s blog. It became more than just a blogging task. It became a moment to stop and smell the flowers.

I have been very focused on blogging lately. If I’m not blogging, I’m networking for the blog. If I’m not networking, I’m working my part time job. And, I still try to fit in some family time, too, of course! So, I’ve been running from one thing to another lately. It was nice to smell the flowers.

Lily of the Valley

Look at the dash of green on this Lily of the Valley. I never noticed it before. From far away, it just looks like a white flower.

 

Wildflower

Even this “weed” is beautiful up close. Weeds are really just wildflowers that grow where you don’t want them.

When was the last time you really studied a flower? Not just an “oh, that’s a pretty flower” look – a study of every petal and fleck of color. I’m not sure I have ever studied a flower so intensely. I like to do a lot of macro photography, so I like to get up close and personal with flowers. Still, I guess I don’t often look at them in person as much as through the lens. I could’ve stayed there all day, staring at the flowers and enjoying the warmth of the sun.

Daffodils

The breeze was blowing through the garden while I sat and studied the flowers. It made me think of the poem “Daffodils” by William Wordsworth.

The breeze was blowing, which made it a little hard to take pictures, but it made me reflect on a poem I had to memorize in the 4th grade and still remember to this day.

“Daffodils” by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

While enjoying the breeze blowing through the few dozen daffodils in the clump in my garden, I couldn’t help but dream of what Wordsworth’s field must’ve looked like. I wish I could see it.

I am so thankful I took the time to go outside and smell the flowers yesterday. I feel like winter is a long, lonely wandering, like in the poem. But, when spring comes, it’s as if one day, you reach the top of the hill, just as Wordsworth did. All of a sudden and out of nowhere, there’s a host of flowers in front of you. Finally!

This month, I challenge you to stop and smell the flowers. You’ll be happy you did!

14 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: I’m Thankful for Spring Flowers

    1. Lisa Post author

      You were always helping me on my memorization – Daffodils, The Road Less Traveled, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, the preamble of the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. Whew. That’s a lot for a little kid! I still remember a lot of most of them.

  1. Carly

    Oh I just loved this post! I absolutely love flowers too and was so happy look at these pictures! That’s a beautiful poem I had never read before– thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Jaclyn

    I can’t wait until things start blooming here! We moved into a new house this winter, so I’m excited to see how things look once everything comes alive around the house!

    1. Lisa Post author

      It’s always a surprise to watch things come up during your first seasons in a new home! Enjoy! We bought our house from a master gardener, so there was always something new popping up here and there. It was such fun the first year we lived here. Until we realized how much work it is to take care of a garden that big!

    1. Lisa Post author

      I agree, Gail! It makes me want to plant one of each! The seasonal flower sales center near my house opened up so now I know spring is here! I’ve never been to a flower show, but I’ve always wanted to go. Something about seeing flowers does great things for the mood.

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