I used to sit in the field making wishes on dandelion fluff.
I once rolled through the tall grasses, collecting the white seeds on my clothes and dark curls. Helping them spread as I ran back to the house, arms outstretched.
“I can fly!” I would cry, and daydream of Peter Pan and Tinkebell.
It was my life’s spring.
Now I watch my own children wading through puddles. The freshness on their cheeks and sweaters always flavored with a hint of damp growth when coming home from an evenings play.
But I still dream of fairy wings and mermaid foam.
My sisters and I used to rub our cheeks yellow with dandelion buds, and weave tiny field daises in to wreathes for our head.
Now I watch my own girls pick wildflowers and supervise as all kinds of pretend soups are mixed in sandbox buckets with sticks that are just as much magic wands as they are spoons.
The right now is there spring.
The scent of fresh tree blossoms might hold different meanings for me then they once did. But it doesn’t matter what age you are, if you listen closely with your heart they will share wisdom with you.
©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef
Photos sourced from unsplash.com