Good Sunday morning, dear friends. I hope this finds everyone well and under blue skies. We have been enjoying some lovely weather the past few days. And as I write this, with the office window open, the smell of the honeysuckle on the arbor is glorious. I wish I could add the fragrance to this post for you to also enjoy, but perhaps the photo will stir your imagination.
Definitely, I agree with Flora Turrill, other than I prefer coffee in the morning. But, the beverage choice doesn’t matter. The pleasure is to enjoy it, if possible, with the “birds, trees, and bumbling bees.”
One lesson the virus has taught us is, I believe most of us have learned the difference between what we want and what we need. Certainly, I truly have. And, I have always been a believer that all things happen for a reason and I don’t feel the virus was any different. Perhaps, we needed to be reminded of a few matters of importance. Such as ~ the simple things, the small joys that touch our hearts, and provide us with wonderful memories.
“For me, wildflowers are joy-giving. They have enriched my life and fed my soul and given beautiful memories to sustain me.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson
I have always loved wildflowers and they are abundant in our West Virginia hills. Perhaps you enjoy them too. Every area of our land is rich with its own special varieties ~ beauties that thrive in intense heat, poor soil, as well as in freezing weather conditions. During this pandemic, they seem to be even more plentiful. Or, maybe part of my lesson was to pay more attention. Either way, they are lovely, and to see them makes me so happy.
I am fortunate to have many of my mom’s flower and gardening books. She always took along certain books on wildflower walks to help with plant identification. One of her most favorite things to do was to attend the Wildflower Pilgrimage which is an annual event conducted by the West Virginia Garden Clubs, Inc. and co-sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. It is held every spring in Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, West Virginia.
“As I wander’d the forest, the green leaves among, I heard a Wildflower singing a song.” ~ William Blake
Wildflowers truly are one of the “Sweet, Simple Things of Life.” And how perfectly delightful it would be to have a simple meal with someone you love and adore in a field of wildflowers.
“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” ~ John Kabat-Zinn
“The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things that the true beauty lies.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit. Please continue to be careful with regard to the virus. The experts tell us it is far from over. And I believe when it is over life will be different. That is certainly not to say that it might just not be better. Know I wish you a beautiful day and a lovely week ahead.
May you enjoy all your moments and find beauty in all that you do.
Authors Notes: Part of the title of this post was taken from the quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder which reads, “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
Honeysuckle Photo: Michael S. Lambiotte
Images: Regarding the images on this blog, most are from tumblr, unless otherwise noted. Most often, I am unable to determine the photographer or where the photo was taken. All I can say is, The photos are the work of highly talented souls and I would be happy to attach a name if I could locate one. I find great joy in sharing their work with lovely quotes from my personal collection and am hopeful the two together provide a message of goodwill.