This is the first time that I remember seeing Cherry Blossoms on Christmas (and for the week after). Our unusually warm weather brought many surprises, but this was one of the best. As we walked or drove through our Rumson-Fair Haven area we saw many cherry trees with little pink blossoms. Maybe not the size and number we’re used to seeing in spring, but faint hues of pink and white here and there.
Like many Rumson-Fair Haven homes, we have several cherry trees on our property, so I took several photos to capture the moment, and I’d like to share 3 of them with you. The cherry blossom is the national flower of Japan, and it has special meaning to the Japanese (and to Chinese and others as well). As I recall, it’s a metaphor, a simile for life itself. Like the cherry blossom, life is beautiful but only lasts for a brief time so we should enjoy both while we can.
This time of year brings the beauty of holly with its evergreen leaves and bright red berries, and we can enjoy the holly berries for a long time, but the cold and the rain will chase the cherry blossoms away soon.
Will we have as many cherry blossoms when the “normal” time comes for the cherry trees to bloom? I don’t know, but I’m going to enjoy these while they’re here, and I hope you do too. Take some time to slow down, enjoy the beauty around you, and think of your life as a cherry blossom: beautiful but brief (and once in a great while, beautiful at times when you’d never predict it to be).