Beauty and Life

My mother-in-law, Darlene, loved daisies. My wife, Terry, tried on and off to grow daisies but despite her success with many other perennials the daisies would never establish themselves and return. Darlene died in August of 2011. The follow spring, to our surprise, daisies appeared in our yard. Season after season, they grew and expanded. So much so that we could take family pictures among them in the spring. We loved those daisies.

When we moved to Ohio in the summer of 2018, we harvested seeds from the daisies and brought them with us. We finally planted them in the summer of 2020 with uncertainty about whether they would grow. Grow they did and this spring they are flourishing. One of these is pictured above. They bring us such joy with their brightness and simply beauty and how they help us recall and remember Darlene.

Life is like that. You never know when new life and beauty will unexpectedly show up. All you can do is celebrate when they do and savor the wonder of it all.

Life is like that. You never know when new life and beauty will unexpectedly show up. All you can do is celebrate when they do and savor the wonder of it all.

As well, don’t underestimate the power of little things—of seed themselves and of collecting a few seeds and casting them on fresh soil. Our small deeds of kindness, goodness and love can really make a difference. What is small can often impact others abundantly.

So, keep a look out for new life and beauty. Do something small yet deliberate and meaningful for someone day. You just don’t know what might spring up and the lasting impact it will make.

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