There is nothing that says springtime quite like a tulip. Recently baby Julian and I took a trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival with my dear friend Jesse and her daughter Sienna. I have lived in the state of Washington my entire life and I have never been to see the tulips! I wanted Julian to see the beauty of the festival as much as I wanted to see it for myself.
When we arrived, there were already a few fields closed, with the tulips already harvested. Seeing the beauty of the springtime blooms that remained, and the fields that were empty got me thinking about seasons. And not just that it is Julian’s first spring, although I thought of that too. Rather, I was thinking of the seasons in our lives. They pass by so quickly. Like everyone, I too have know seasons of busy, of loss and wanting. But this season, this season in my life has been the most fulfilling I could have asked for. It is a season I have always dreamt of. Just like those tulip farmers have prepared all fall for the spring; this season in my life is not here by accident.
Those tulips cannot grow in the winter, but their seeds can be planted. They cannot last all year long, but we can appreciate their beauty while they are blooming. We cannot do everything in every season of our lives. We need to savor the season we are in and look forward to the next. I wanted to take a moment to encourage myself, and others, to embrace whatever season you find yourself.
I am resisting the urge to make a “stop and smell the tulips” joke, but the sentiment is easily applied. Before we know it we will be in the heat of the summer, wishing for rain. We will be wondering how our babies have grown so big, so quickly. Wondering where the year has gone. Embrace your season and start planning for the next. What season are you in? Comment below and let me know. I hope it is a season of love!
Photography by my wonderful friend Jesse Crockett