Happy Spring! Happy Birth Day!

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Is it that they remind me of tiny hands unfolding to reveal the treasures of new birth?

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Maybe it’s how they relax into the room, leaning this way and that, bowing down as if to say, “Happy Spring! Happy Birth Day!”

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Their hearts, bold and defined, pull me in, offering an opportunity to appreciate the complexities of nature, and life. They represent a passage through time, resulting in the completion of a delicate gift.

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In a bunch they speak loudly. Like giggly girls at their first dance one can’t help but notice them. They can own a room and equally define it. I love that about tulips.

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I admire their strength as they stand tall ready to reveal a hidden treasure. Whether  young and just a little shy, or open and ready to greet the day, I can’t help but feel gratitude.

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Recently, my family celebrated the 30th birthday of one of my sons at a unique wine bar and paint studio. A wonderful, creative outlet, the experience provided each of us with an opportunity to share laughter, and build new memories while we dared to believe in our creative abilities.

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I stood back staring at the blank canvas and envisioned my starting point. I dipped my brush in a bright yellow blob and began to apply it. A sudden rush of excitement raced through me as I dipped and stroked and dipped again. As I paused for just a brief moment, I felt the colors burst, creating new life right before my eyes. While I don’t proclaim to be anything close to a ‘real’ artist, what mattered was the experience. Like a fearless child I was free to express my ‘self’ in any way I chose. There were no boundaries within my canvas. It was a liberating experience.

IMG_2327Not unlike the birth of a flower, a painting, the writing of a book, what emerges through the passage of time is a treasure. As a gift of our own transformation, treasure offers us an opportunity to step outside ourselves, and see with new eyes.

Ahhh tulips, I am grateful that you made me stop and notice you. You raised my awareness of not just your beauty, but of your evolution and how every living thing is a part of it.

Most importantly, though, I am grateful for the love my blessed family shares each and every day as we celebrate our passages of time together. Each of you is a treasure, and I am forever and always grateful.

Warm Regards,

Marla O’Brien

Using tulip petals as they complete their life cycle…

Goats cheese dip in tulip petals courtesy of :

http://www.lovefood.com/guide/recipes/15057/goats-cheese-dip-in-tulip-petals-recipe

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4 thoughts on “Happy Spring! Happy Birth Day!

  1. Marla, your writing is so beautiful and your painting amazing! You are not only an incredible writer but also a budding artist! Hélène

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