The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. — William Blake
We have a tree in our front yard that for just about a week, maybe two if we’re lucky, is covered in wonderful smelling white flowers. It’s a chokecherry tree whose leaves will gradually turn from green in the spring to dark red by fall. I love this tree and find it beautiful and calming to look at.
One of my challenges as a mom is to teach my kids to be thankful for what we have and to not always think about what we don’t have. I realized though that I don’t always practice what I preach because I think about how nice it would be if the white flowers on our tree would last longer instead of just enjoying the time that I have. And I try to remember that my girls are only 7 so maybe I should cut them some slack. But only a little… ;)
I took the photos above just this morning knowing that the flowers won’t last much longer. And that’s the beauty of photography! We can capture a moment that we know won’t last and then once the moment is over we have beautiful photos to help remind us. So I guess I’ll experience a little of having my cake and eating it too. :D