People Are Like Hydrangeas

This hydrangea was a gift from a friend’s yard many years ago. I had it for well over a decade before it bloomed and had all but given up on ever seeing it produce a flower.

The first year it bloomed it was blue and produced just a handful of flowers. The next year, I noticed some lavender beginning to develop. This year, it’s larger and loaded with varying shades of blues, lavenders and pinks.

It’s beautiful.

I like to think that humans are a little like this late blooming hydrangea. We may take a while to get comfortable enough to show our personality. Then, with each passing year, we add to our knowledge, skills and interests, causing our personality to blossom in new and colorful ways that are often quite unexpected.

The best people are the ones who are willing to learn, to try new things and to adapt. They’re the ones with a little color to their personalities and some happy surprises.

Enjoy The Little Things In Life

I went for a walk around my yard one morning this week and took the time to actually enjoy some of the small things that normally go unnoticed.

For example, there’s a nice population of rabbits living in my yard this year. I rarely have the time to stop and appreciate how pretty and how fast they are.



Someone has been busy.  Impressive, isn’t it?



The hydrangea that I told you about last month continues to surprise me. These next two images come from the same bush.


The irises are in full bloom too. This one came from my friend Emily. The color is even more stunning in real life than you see here.



And then there’s this – the place where I love to sit when the weather is less humid and hot. A wonderful message. Enjoy the small things – whether it’s a flower, an intricate web or just a few minutes free to relax.


It’s Saturday. Enjoy it!