Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Its Own Good Time
At $3.99, I took my Easter lily home in a reusable grocery bag.
It was the Thursday afternoon of Easter Week, and the last of the potted tulips crowded a display table at the entrance of my food store. On the floor around the table were the lilies, most of the blooms sad and browned and spindly.
Except for the one I bought.
On the Thursday after Easter, two white wax trumpets sounded above a stalk of green curved leaves. Five days earlier these blossoms would have spoken a traditional message, reassuring and timely but a little predictable.
On the car seat next to me that Thursday, they asked a question: do you think it could all be true even on a Thursday after work?
Yes, I thought after turning the key in the ignition, I still opt for hope, still want this life, still thank the lucky stars, still pledge not ever to give in or give up.
I will not prefer anything to this moment, to what is unfolding in its own good time.