I’m almost afraid to go outside, even though I long for my garden.

A year of high-risk lockdown, illness, and no visitors – does the world still exist? Is my garden still alive? Will it, please oh please, contain those blooms, that heavenly scent?

Trembling, I step out into a world of miracles. The fragrance! Honey in the air!! Clusters of yellow gold. Of the earth, but almost other-worldly in its beauty. My Edgeworthia is in riotous bloom, just as it has been every March, just as it will always be.

I’m alive, alive and Spring is coming at last!

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2 years ago

Lovely turn on the gold theme, celebrating the return of precious life in the garden. Gold, indeed! 

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
2 years ago

Love this Juma, I think we’re all feeling a little like this. A lovely piece of writing.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
2 years ago

I love that last sentence Juma. The feeling that Spring brings, new life, new hope. Yes, it’s good to be alive now that Spring is here. Well done.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
2 years ago

I loved reading your story, Juma. I have to confess that I had to google “Edgeworthia”. Now I know what it looked like and that it’s called Chinese paper bush. It’s beautiful and it certainly is a miracle on earth the way nature produces and reproduces itself. You express very well the emotions of anxiety, fear and relief. The appreciation of nature’s persistence seems very real.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
2 years ago

A good Spring morning to you Juma! How else could I reply to such a lifting story? Soon we will be all Spring flower, as I’m sure the human spirit will shrug off this pandemic to Spring back to life again.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
2 years ago

Honestly, I love the title Juma. It fits the current pandemic that is the scourge of the whole world. It brightens my thought and inspires me. The title is full of positivity and hope and also the content is awesome. For me it is a mixture of a poem and a story. Well written.

Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza(@santina-forlenza)
2 years ago

Hi Juma, I had the same feelings when we were finally allowed to go out again this summer, after a heavy lockdown. Trees, birds, sun, they were still there! ‘A world of miracle,’ as you wrote. Thanks for your story!

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
2 years ago

A true representation of how we all were when the lock-down finally ended and we were able to go outside freely! Unfortunately, my country is still under lock-down, but I do hope that everything is going to go okay and I’ll be able to experience the beautiful emotions you are describing, Juma!

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