Spring Musings

So much “Life” is being lived in my  neck of the woods, that I’ve had extremely little time to draw this past week.  It’s not a pretty sight…this over-committed life of mine.  As I drove around, hither and yon, I made drawings in my head.  And that, at least, counts for something.

I couldn’t help noticing there are two kinds of forsythia bushes in our neighborhood.  One forsythia bush splashes out yellow in all directions, like a water-sprinkler gone wild.  Other bushes are clipped into shape- round, or haphazard, but nevertheless, forced into containment.

I, myself, prefer the exuberant water-sprinkler kind!  Yes, yes, I know all that about trimming them to make ’em bloom more.  But it seems to me, in this particular bush, that leaving it to it’s vibrant, whimsical growth allows it to shine in a way that the stubby ones can’t.  I wanted so much to go around the neighborhood, placing little signs beside the stubby forsythia bushes, begging “whomever”, to stop clipping them so.

As my busy week droned on, I realized I was seeing myself in the stubby, clipped-back forsythia bushes.  My busyness, which is largely made up of things I myself have committed to, functions as a pair of clippers in my life, lopping off exuberance one branch at a time.  Why I’m not able to see this at the time I commit to all these crazy things, is beyond me.  But I’m determined to make a change.

I think I really do need a sign in my yard, in my house, next to the phone, the computer, and my cell phone to remind me “NOT to clip the exuberance!”

Would you like one too?

0 thoughts on “Spring Musings

  1. Deborah says:

    This is one of my pet peeves too! How funny! And I agree with the busyness; it just has to stop! Otherwise spring and summer will pass me by and I won’t feel all the exuberance. I want to sit in the sun and soak up all the exuberance I can this spring and summer!!!!! Thank you for this post.

  2. Timaree says:

    It’s so easy to overextend even for homebodies like me! I agree about the bushes. Most landscaping today does this sort of thing to every bush in sight. Many of them should not have any of this kind of pruning but I guess it’s easier than doing it my dad’s way which was to carefully look and prune back so the bush retains it’s size perhaps but also it’s natural shape. We all need some shaping or pruning at times but it needs to fit the person/bush or they get forced into being whom they are not! Fun moral lesson and true also. Unlike the bushes we choose it more often than not!

  3. janice says:

    I’d like a sign to wear on my forehead. So I can see it when I look in the mirror and so I can share this bit of freedom with the people in my life everyday!

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