Morning in Iowa

First Morning of Vacation

The weather forecast is for near-perfect spring weather. No rain and a high around 65 degrees.

The day began at 4 a.m. with reading and laundry. I moved the cars down the driveway and rolled the seedlings out of the garage before dawn.

There should be fewer seedlings on the cart by day’s end.

The lilacs are toward the end of the season. I stood inside the branches, lush with flowers, and let the scent envelope me.

Years ago our daughter kicked a soccer ball under the lilacs. For a moment I was distracted… I retrieved the ball then I saw her. This memory of her in sunlight from under the lilacs is part of me this warm spring day. I carried her with me as I prepared for a day of gardening.

So began this spring morning in Iowa.

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