Saturday, March 19, 2011
The Cherry Blossoms...
...today, as I was cutting Cherry blossoms from our flowering tree, I couldn't help but think of the peoples of Japan. The victims, survivors and rescuers for who no words in Japanese or English can describe their plight right now...those images that keep flooding my brain, that keep me awake at night with dreams of their suffering, that make me feel so utterly helpless.
It is Cherry Blossom time in Japan right now. It started in January and continues until the end of March. In past years many celebrations have been made under the cherry blossom trees and they hold much tradition.
In Japan, the cherry blossom symbolizes clouds due do their nature of blooming and the ephemeral nature of life. The transience of the blossoms along with their extreme beauty and quick death is often associated with mortality.
They are also an omen of good fortune and an emblem of love and affection. They are an enduring metaphor for the fleeting nature of life...the fleeting nature of life which is all too real and present at this time. Sending prayers for all of her people.
* because the time just doesn't feel right I will be postponing my dining room post until Monday. Remember, tomorrow is the last day to enter my Spring-fling here. Also, winners will be announced on Monday as I take tomorrow as a day of reflection. Please remember to visit Lea and thank her for her generosity in this give-away. Blessings to you all...*