I take great delight when little synchronicities occur. Sometimes they’re important messages of guidance or support, but sometimes they’re just what I call cosmic winks delivering a bit of delight.
Today as I walking in my neighborhood park I overheard a little girl ask her mother if a little patch of tulips were magnolias. It made me smile. I remember my first introduction to the Southern Magnolia as an adult visiting the South. I’m not sure there’s anything quite like it – I felt transported back to another era and could almost feel myself growing a southern drawl with each whiff of magnolia fragrance I inhaled.
When I got back from walk, mail had arrived and I found an envelope from a friend in the Netherlands. She had sent some wonderful vintage cards after having read that I loved them. Thank you Beautiful Karin! But just as delightful as that treat – the card she enclosed them in with her message is of birds perched on magnolias. I’ve taken a photo of it above. Isn’t it lovely? It made me laugh in delight.
But if that weren’t enough, I was just picking up my Idea Reliquary journal (I’ve written about it here) and literally a page fell out of it. And what was that page? Poem for the Magnolias by Martin Walls.
It’s a collection of one line celebrations of this beautiful flower, and here are my four favorite:
Magnolia flowers are opening their raw & awkward hearts as I they are about to confess to a perfect crime.
The way their petals swell all-at-once, then over-extend, over-excited for life.
A magnolia flower opens in the middle of the evening; electricity flickers on & off.
A magnolia flower awakens, taking stock of its whereabouts, careful not to speak too harshly.
I love those images. Makes me want to sit down and have a conversation with a magnolia. And allow myself to be intoxicated by their fragrance.
Have a magnolia story you’d like to share? Or one about a delightful synchronicity? Or perhaps a tale of flower mis-identification as charming as tulips pretending to be magnolias? Do tell, you know I love to hear. I’m linking to Lori Moon’s May Flower challenge – do go take a peek there as well.