in appreciation of blossoms and moms
Has it really been a month since I last blogged? It’s incredible how one’s days can be filled with life’s happenings, expected and unexpected, where what was thought would happen isn’t what is, where surprises in one’s world serve to challenge and take us in new directions.
And sometimes when life starts to run us instead of the other way around, it’s important to stop and smell the cherry blossoms, appreciating new life and opportunity. I’ve lived in Toronto for about 90% of my life, and yet I had never known about the cherry blossoms in High Park until this past week, when I visited at the right time to take in this fantastic show of nature.
As a west-end girl, High Park has always been a big part of my life; I have visited the gardens and explored the shoreline of Grenadier Pond many, many times, but I suppose never in the exact week these fantastic beauties come to life.
In 1959, the Japanese ambassador to Canada presented 2000 Japanese Somei-Yoshino Sakura trees to the citizens of Toronto, in appreciation of Toronto accepting re-located Japanese-Canadians following the Second World War. Many of these trees were planted on the hillside and around the east shore overlooking Grenadier Pond in High Park. Subsequent plantings of other trees were added to other areas of the park in 1984, 2001, and 2006. Every spring thousands of people come out to see the natural show these stunning trees provide. With the sunny, warm weather we experienced this past week, I’m guessing the appreciating masses were in record numbers.
And when life can get as harry as it has been for me lately, I appreciated a bit of downtime amongst the blooms. And today, it’s also great to have a little Hallmark-holiday reminder to make sure we appreciate the women in our lives who support us every day and especially when we need it most. Thank you, Mom, and thank you to all of the other fabulous motherly women in my life. Enjoy the blossoms!