This year spring came early, like a party guest ringing the doorbell before I’d had time to dress. I was caught off guard, flustered. Lovely to see you, Spring, but not so soon! I simply wasn’t ready.
The sudden spring made me wary. I observed the emerging buds and blooms with skepticism, certain of fraud. Yet, here we are. The lilacs in full bloom, the lake ice a distant memory, and the birds at my window in full voice. Did I nearly miss the magnolia blossoms’ splendor as I blinked my eyes in disbelief? Like souvenirs, the pictures help me to understand my experience and convince me that I really did witness this fleeting and absolute beauty.