right now

Someday we will have our own yard, and it will be filled with lilac bushes and grape hyacinths, crocuses and poppies, honeysuckle and hydrangea, columbine, lavender, allium and so much more.

But right now, I’m so thankful for our generous neighbors, who don’t mind if we venture into their yards on our daily walks and inspect their plants for new buds and fresh blooms.  Their yards range from the meticulously manicured to the wild and unkempt.  Some of them have offered to let us share their bounty, be it cut flowers or homegrown vegetables; in other yards we simply look (and sometimes smell) in awe and appreciation.  Either way, as we near our third year in this home, I’m thankful for these places that have become predictable and these people who have become familiar.  And luckily, we don’t have to go far to find Adeline’s very favorite flowers; the yard around our apartment has a plentiful supply of that most magic and wondrous (to a 3-year-old) flower of all, the dandelion.

All too often I find myself inhabiting the lands of Someday and Might-Have-Been.  Right Now is an exercise I try to practice here every Tuesday, an attempt to let go of anything that is holding me back from paying attention to the beauty and wonder in the life I’m living right now.  Feel free to join in with a comment or a link to your own post


9 thoughts on “right now

  1. You’ve inspired me to actually go cut some lilac today. I keep meaning to. I love how you have it on the bedside table, that is going to happen here!

  2. Beautiful, Sara! Your writing and the photos! I’m glad you get to enjoy the beauty of spring, whether the plants are yours or a sharing neighbor’s.

  3. mmmmlilacs. i can almost smell them… why are they so hard to find around here? they seemed to be everywhere in the hills!

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