Here in Utah one of the very first signs of spring is the blooming magnolia tree.
As I left church yesterday on a glorious Easter afternoon this Japanese Pink Saucer Magnolia tree was in full bloom.
I say glorious because last Sunday which was one of the first days of spring covered us with a blanket of snow.
However, yesterday the snow was replaced with a delightful sunny day.
Often there are no flowers in bloom but the elegant magnolia tree will proudly display its foliage much like a peacock strutting its beautiful feathers.
Last Sunday, I had the Primary children sing the following song:
I joked with the children that I almost stopped and scooped up a snowball to show them while we were singing.
In Utah, there is an old saying that states, “If you don’t like the weather just wait a day and it will change!”
I told the children that if we sang the song, Because It’s Spring enough times the weather might change.
Yesterday we sang the song again because the day was actually one of our first spring days.
We enjoyed a bright blue sky and weather in the mid 60’s.
Because It’s Spring!
Why is the sky so blue and clear?
Why is the robin’s song so dear?
Why is the sun so warm and bright,
Filling the earth with glorious light?
Why are the fields so green today?
Why do the clouds all float away?
Why does my heart with gladness sing?
Only because it’s spring!
Words and music: Faye Glover Petersen, b. 1914.
Here is a closeup photograph of a magnolia blossom. The blossoms are large and remind me of a delicate tulip.
I like the following poem about a magnolia tree.
However, I guess I really should change the title to The PINK Magnolia Tree to coordinate with my pictures. LOL!
The White Magnolia Tree
Poetry by Helen Deutsch
The White Magnolia Tree
The year when I was twenty-one,
(John that year was twenty-three)
That was the year, that was the spring,
We planted the white magnolia tree.
“This tree,” said John, “shall grow with us,
And every year it will bloom anew.
This is our life. This is our love.”
And the white magnolia tree grew and grew…
Oh, youth’ a thing of fire and ice,
And currents that run hot and white,
And its world is as bright as the sun… White_magnolia_framed
I was twenty-one…
And I wore a plume in my hat.
And we went to the movies and wept over” Stella Dallas”,
And John sang “Moonlight and Roses”
(a little off-key, but very nicely really),
And we hurried through our crowded days
With beautiful plans, boundless ambitions, and golden decisions.
There is so much the young heart clamours for,
That it must have, and that it cannot live without,
And it must be all or nothing,
For aren’t we the masters of creation?
Spring is definitely my favorite season. I love the warmer weather but I really enjoy the “new birth” that abounds everywhere one might gaze.
I love the beautiful blossoms and flowers and the new baby animals one might see in the fields.
Spring is a new beginning after a very long winter here in Utah.
Spring is when we can celebrate the resurrection of our dear Savior.
This photo shows part of the tablescape we had at our Easter dinner.
The wheat grass centerpiece contained eggs, chicks, candy and 2 pictures representing the resurrected Christ.
“I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” ( John 11:25).
I love my Savior and the Easter season.
The sunshine makes me happy and my heart sings just because it’s spring!