Spring has sprung! If you follow me on Instagram (@lvanderkam), you know I have been obsessed with the magnolia tree in my front yard. We made an offer on our house in early March 2011, when everything was still winter gray. Closing in mid-April, and seeing all the flowering trees, was a delightful surprise!
The magnolia tree in the front yard is my favorite. I watch for the blooms, then try to take them all in. When I wrote about “savoring” in Off the Clock, I learned about the importance of looking forward to something, calling your attention to it, noticing it, using all your senses, capturing it in some sort of artifact, and looking back on it. So I used all those techniques. I make my priority lists for the upcoming weeks on Friday afternoons, and last Friday I chose “Enjoy magnolia tree” as my week’s top personal priority.
So I did enjoy it! I ate lunch in front of the tree. I looked at the tree each morning while the kids waited for the bus. I took copious pictures. I took pictures of my kids in front of the tree. I sat on the front stoop one evening watching the darkness fall over that tree. Soon the blossoms will be gone, so I do what I can to celebrate these days.
(The dogwoods, plum trees, and Bradford pears are blooming too, but for whatever reason, those feel slightly less magnificent. Even though the plum trees are quite beautiful!)
In other news: My children are on spring break for school next week so I won’t be posting much here. I’ll do a vacation post when I am back in my office.
In the meantime, I need some book recommendations for reading (yes, I am spending spring break with my kids, but I still have high hopes for some reading time). What are you reading now that you’ve enjoyed?