In silence, the jasmine has rained perfume overnight. The aroma is indescribable. The indulgence of showers over two days has made it come alive from dormancy. It is covered in bunches of blooms. The buzz of bees is almost industrial level.
Depending on culture and view point, the jasmine flower has many symbolisms. I find them interesting. My garden, planted by the previous owner, has several different types of jasmine. A climber that covers an arbour, a small shrub that has black berries which shed when ripe and two towering shrubs that are about ten feet tall. The previous owner’s vision resonates with me. Jasmine, “gift from God”, some consider is also a symbol of motherhood. Others say it is God’s love. These are some of my favourite symbolisms and they speak to my experience today.
Feeling the family was close to stepping over a precipice, because of events in the last week, has been daunting. I went to bed last night determined to find my balance again. I leave home for a few days today. Standing in the walkway between shrubs, I find the peace I’m searching for in its embrace. I re-read my daughter’s texts from yesterday. I am standing in a chapel as I receive her love. As in Nature, life shows us a little bit of nurturing goes a long way. Today, she nurtured me.
It is also from here I view my garden. It is my touchstone. There is no other corner that brings me more joy. From this vantage point, I noticed the palms near the outdoor spa have flowers. Flowers! on Cocos Palms! Who knew! Never having palms in my garden before this comes as a surprise. This is an area I rarely visit. It has nothing to attract me. Until today.
The rain has been the spritzer the plants needed. There is more life in the garden than I anticipated. Several brown honeyeaters flit around buzzing me with their aerial pursuits. Their antics take me around the garden, as I chase that one beautiful picture. But, I think I managed to get two.
I have found my balance. May you do too, today.
a dawn bird
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