Blossoms in Bloom

The cherry blossoms are here!  This morning, I was driving to work, and through the misty sunrise, I spotted a blast of color off to my left in a park adjacent to our building.  It couldn’t be!  Not already!  I nearly slammed on my breaks and gave myself whiplash, but indeed, the blossoms have  begun to bloom! 

Anyone that knows me knows that I love the cherry blossoms.  I love them so much I even have them tattooed on my foot.

The DC area is the closest thing I have to “home,” so that tattoo represents my connection to the area as well as the beauty of the blossom.

I was talking to my friend yesterday about how much I love this time of year because it reminds me of how precious life is.  The blossoms are delicate flowers that only bloom once a year and only for a trememendously short period of time.  They burst onto the scene and just as quickly, they die, not to come back for another 365 days.  It just makes me appreciate the little things in life that are so pretty, even if only temporaraily.

Cherry Blossoms in my parents front yard.

The peak bloom is supposed to occur between March 30th and April 3rd, so Chris and I are planning on going downtown on the weekend of the 3rd to check them out.   We didn’t go last year, but we did drive by after a Nats game, and there were masses of people everywhere.  Maybe I can convince him to go early in the morning to avoid the crowds so that we can appreciate the prettiness without being shoved around with thousands of other tourists.

Spring has sprung.  Happy.

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