The Apple Tree and Hope of Spring

Two weeks ago, the apple tree in my back yard awakened from winter. If I looked closely, I could see tiny specks of green on the branches. In only a day, these specks had turned into tiny leaves. Hours later, the leaves started to get larger and the tree looked like it was covered with green lace. Now I see white dots amidst the leaves, blossoms that are going to flower at any moment. Seeing the apple tree come to life again gives me hope after a five years of grieving. If we let it, nature can help us to heal. Nature is always changing and so are we. After a long period of grief, self-examination and acceptance, we, too, may flower again and create new lives for ourselves. I am living that life now and, to my astonishment, I am happy. May you find happiness as well.