Ahhhh, breathe in deep and experience the sweet smell of lilacs in May. I imagine it must be just heavenly at the annual Lilac Festival at Mackinac Island. During today’s walk it seemed that every corner lot I passed lilac bushes were laden with bloom-filled branches that spilled over the chain-link fence – there were huge aromatic dark blooms and the more common lightly scented lavender type too. So, on a variation of the old adage of ‘taking time to stop and smell the roses’, I stopped several times to breathe in deep (hoping all the while no bee was hiding and went up my nose). What a heady experience inhaling Mother Nature’s own potpourri mixture. I must go out in my own backyard and sniff the Schaub lilacs which at nearly fifty years old continue to bloom profusely every Spring, despite a few bouts of powdery mildew. Today Mother Nature gets an “A” in art class because she surely was busy with her paintbrush adorning our City with an array of every shade of pink on the palette of gorgeous azaleas. I am inspired by their beauty, though I’ve never tried to grow them. The birds were twittering and trilling their melodic songs as if they, too, were inspired by the beautiful Spring offerings. So while plodding along on my promenade I did a thumbs up to God for his grandeur plus made sure to count my blessings on how good it feels to be alive and possess the ability to see, hear and smell on this beautiful and peaceful morn. So, words to the wise …
Don’t hurry.
Don’t worry.
You’re only here for a short visit.
So don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.
-Walter Hagen

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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