The main street of Te Awamutu was a pink celebration
of cherry trees and around the town cherry trees were flowering everywhere
and those little honey bees busily collecting pollen for cherry tree honey.
On the way home to my house
I just had to stop the car to take a photo.
Spring is blossoming!
One year ago this weekend my brother-in-law, Vince, died
and the cherry tree in Linda's front garden was a picture of pink wonder.
We said then, the cherry tree would become part of the ritual of remembering.
One year ago it was also the time of the tsunami in the Samoan Islands.
In Samoa, one year on, they are remembering the loss of many loved ones.
Spring remembering is a hopeful remembering.
How can we feel anything but hopeful
when we look at the cherry trees,
and the honey bees busy at work.
We have survived the winter, the storms, the earthquakes.
How can we not stand in awe that we are here, on this planet, alive!