Spring Musings

by Abby on April 6, 2012

My days may be filled with drama and stress and bodily fluids, but they are also punctuated by moments of real beauty. And no, I’m not talking about the glowing faces of my cherubic offspring. (Although they ARE pretty cute. Boogers, Band-Aids and all.) I’m talking about the breathtaking spectacle that is Baltimore in the springtime. Check it:

Cherry Blossoms

Pink Tulips

White trees in bloom

An allergy sufferer’s worst nightmare, true, but this blossoming bounty of candy-colored blooms is awe-inspiring, is it not? Ever since we saw The Lorax, the boys will shout, “Look, a truffula tree!” whenever we spot particularly vibrant, fluffy cherry blossoms.

The other day, we sat in the car admiring the trees and flowers along Charles Street as we waited at the train station for my mom to arrive for a spring visit. Downtown, I spotted the drab brown office building where I used to work a long time ago. The business is gone, as evidenced by the rusty remainders of the lettering that has since been taken down. I remembered trudging into work every day, dreading the hours spent in a gray cubicle with a window looking out onto a brick wall. Not a single ray of sunshine or hint of nature made its way into my corner of the office.

Whenever I start to panic at a temporary lull in my freelance work, or question my decision to spend long days catering to the nonstop demands of two loud, sticky little dictators for no pay or prestige whatsoever, I try to remind myself that not everything can be measured by a paycheck.

At least I have time to admire the tulips and the truffula trees. I’ll take that.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!

Flashback O’ The Day: The challenges of shopping for Easter clothes for boys.

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Lou Mello April 6, 2012 at 7:44 am

GAW JUSS pics, love the Spring and all the flowers. I do have the allergy problems, but, a little benadryl and it’s not so bad.

Have a Happy Easter.


Kathleen Basi April 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

Your pictures are fan-tabulous. 🙂 And that linked post? Priceless. I was fussing about that myself not so long ago. I want to shriek about it again after I organized Julianna’s outgrown clothes yesterday.

And my 3yo NEVER.SHUTS.UP. Did yours ever do the repeat the same phrase twenty-five times in a row regardless of how many times you’ve answered them thing?


Abby April 6, 2012 at 9:14 am

YES. Yesterday, mine asked for a waffle and in the time in took me to get one from the freezer and put it in the toaster, badgered me for it literally 15 times. PATIENCE, kid!! I heard you the 1st 14 times!


Jan April 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

We have gorgeous blooms here in Charleston, too, but I haven’t seen anything like that spread of pink tulips. Now THAT is beautiful!

There’s nothing like looking back at where we have been to make us appreciate where we are now, is there?!


Malia April 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Amazing photos! I’m jealous–spring comes late to Washington. My 5yo keeps hearing that it’s “spring” and asking me when it’s going to get warm. Uh–in July? 🙂 We do have a few brave blooms poking up, though. Springtime always reminds me of growth and renewal. Happy springtime to you, Abby!


Pamela April 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Beautiful pictures – nice choice (staying home and freelancing). You’ll get the payback years later!


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