One day to live
What if you had only one day to live like the day lilies that I covet? Would you present yourself so beautifully? Don't let this get out but I look forward to the first couple of weeks in July when my lilies are blooming. I actually wouldn't want to be away even in an exotic place and miss the ladies in my life coming to bloom. Am I becoming softer and gentler? I'm going to work at Amber's Potter's Creek tomorrow and Thursday and there is this one champagne coloured ruffled lily that I am in love with. She is about ready to present herself. I am hoping to have champagne for breakfast tomorrow before I leave. I watched a powerful Netflix documentary "My Octopus Teacher" the other night. It is a love story about a diver that visits an octopus every day for a year. I had no idea that a female octopus lives one year, copulates, gives birth and dies giving her life so that the babies can be born. I know sex is a dangerous game but to die for! Yikes!!! Gee, I have lived 70 female octopus lives and more than 26,000 day lily lives. Nature, humans and animals have all been my teachers. Many of them have shaped me in unpredictable and unexpected ways. The key is to be aware of their teachings. A few years ago every flower I saw was a tulip. I never bothered to learn their names. I was all neatly packaged in a box of clay not fully understanding that all these other loves add to your aesthetic vocabulary. We get too soon old and too late smart. Stop and smell the flowers my brothers and sisters. You are blooming today and so is everyone else.