by Sharon Rondeau

April 12, 2018

(Apr. 22, 2018) — With at least three snowfalls this month, the flowers have been struggling to survive, but survive and bloom they have.

Just ten days ago, any stoically daring to show their faces were showered with cold, unwelcome snow, followed by freezing rain last week.

As if oblivious of the obstacles, however, today they bloom, drinking up the sun among the thorny wild roses.

As winter’s harshness is replaced by spring’s new life with its bright hues and gentle breezes, we must be wary of the thorns trying to choke out the delicate narcissus and other flowers everywhere they try to share their beauty.

The thorns and weeds remind us that amid the panorama of renewal all around us, the world can yet be harsh and uncaring.

To reach the flowers, one must battle the snow, or thorns, or other hostiles.  The hope is that during our journey, no matter how long it lasts, we will plant more flowers along the way.

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