Dare to say it out loud?

Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel, at home

I’m sure you’ve thought it, but I have yet to hear too many people say it aloud: This might be the most beautiful Spring, ever!  Perhaps due to the very warm days we had in March, the flowers have been brighter, more vivid and colorful, the birds are more plentiful and vocal, and the greenery just plain intense. You know — when you look up at the tops of the trees, and the line that divides the green leaves from the blue sky almost hurts to look at?

It started with the super-yellow forsythia in mid-April (earlier than usual), when I noticed right off that we were experiencing something new. We have three flowering trees in our backyard, and for the first time, all three have bloomed simultaneously… yet another indicator that the clock is a little off, but with wildly positive results.

I’m certain that I’m not the first person to notice. But nobody talks about it. We’re all too eager and ready to find the negative things that surround us daily, but almost don’t believe it when something so simple fills our existence with beauty.

So, today, I dare you: Tell someone you know that it is “the best Spring ever,” and smile real big.  Let me know their reaction! It may be a very entertaining moment for both of you, and the best part is that the smile will last for a long time.