This blog post has one question: What will surprise you this spring?
Spring is a time for the familiar to be reborn and for the new to arrive. Buds return to decorate bare winter branches. Colors suddenly dot landscapes. Green takes over gray. In my old house, I knew what to expect. Spring brought refreshment, but rarely surprises.
This year, however, all is new. The landscape around our new home, covered for the past four months in winter weeds and shaded by the grays and browns of darker months, is waking up. With the weeds gone and fresh, dark mulch lying gracefully atop beds (thanks to nearly eight hours of work from landscapers), we are delighted to discover how peaceful and lovely our little terrain is.
And even better — right in the front yard — a small array of tulips has popped up, the bulbs still green atop stalks, the floppy green leaves folding over themselves. These tulips will bloom in as yet-unknown colors.
I wrote of tulips in spring 2013 when a few tulip leaves of long-ago bulbs made their way to the surface. They were remnants, traces of what had once been alive and vibrant. The tulip leaves that made their way through the dirt were but a memory of a time past. I never spent time thinking about whether I would have new tulips in my garden, but here they are. They say to me, “What appears to fade, to be gone forever, can return to the sunlight, can find life again.” The bulbs are new, the soil is different, and the sunlight comes at a different angle, but these tulips will nevertheless be part of my story and will connect with whatever fragments remain from tulips long gone. They are a new chapter awaiting its fresh narrative.
The tulips are my surprise today as spring stakes its claim.
What will surprise you this spring?
Writing Prompts: “When I think of surprises, the first thing that comes to mind is ______” (then keep writing); “I’d love to be surprised by ______” (then keep writing).
Where will you look for surprises?
Take a walk and look at what you think is familiar
Take a walk to some place you’ve never been
Walk in an area with trees, landscaping, or natural environments and smell everything you can
Look out our window at what you think you see every day
Write every day and trust your inner landscape to bring surprises