Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Magical Beginning to Spring

It was still dark when I set out for a run with my triathlon club to see the Cherry Blossom trees in DC this morning. Flashes of lightning illuminated the thick cloud-cover blotting out the moon. The air was still and muggy and charged with electricity, but the rain felt like it might hold off for a while. We were almost to the tidal basin when the thunderclaps hit: one...two...three... boom! Lightning streaked through the sky, illuminating the marble monuments rising majestic and powerful along Constitution Avenue. It started to rain. Then pour. Big, fat raindrops splattered onto the pavement. We took shelter under the roof of a Park Service building and waited until the first glows of sunrise painted the horizon an electric pink, pushing the storm away. We set back out, into the rain, toward the foreign trees, their sudden blooms a ghostly unexpected white in this haunting break of day. A shadow of clouds moved swiftly now over the river and snatches of sky--eerie shades of pastel pink--shone through the gray. Raindrops tinkered into the tidal basin, the glassy surface an unsettling metallic silver. Pale petals fell from the trees as we ran, showers of white raining down around us on a muddy foot path. I stretched out my hand, closing my fist around a falling petal, carrying it with me as we ran, like children intoxicated by that first warm spring rain. We splashed through puddles, water soaking through our clothes, dripping down our faces and into our eyes. We chased each other back up the streets, back into the heart of the city, and I said goodbye to winter. Goodbye long dark nights. Goodbye firelight. Goodbye woodpile. Goodbye cold kitchen tiles. Welcome spring. Welcome Cherry Blossoms. Welcome tourists. And welcome back running in the rain. 

18 comments:

  1. Now I really feel lame. A triathlon club wow!
    Beautiful story!

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    1. Thanks, Susie. :) I did my first triathlon last year. I'm toying with the idea of doing another one. It's best to sign up for one without a clue of what you're getting into. LOL

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  2. Beautiful picture of the cherry blossoms and beautiful story! Had no idea it poured on you guys yesterday. Sounds fun though:)

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    1. Thanks, Juliette. The Cherry Blossoms came two weeks early this year. They're so beautiful, you have to catch them while you can!

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  3. You're such a visual writer. I can see and feel everything thanks to your descriptive words. Just like your book! This is a powerful Spring with everything blooming earlier and more quickly than I think i've ever seen before.

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    1. Thank you, Chris. :) I have a feeling you'll be finding lots of four-leaf clovers in your future!

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  4. Wow! You truly captured our morning. It really was a magical morning. I was feeling very down in the dumps around the rain, and I could feel the anxiety about being stuck 1.5 miles from the Y creeping up, but because of the positivity of the people around us (especially you!) we were able to continue on our run and it was ended up being the perfect way to begin the day. There is no place better than DC during cherry blossom season. I can't wait to do it again next week =)

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    1. It wouldn't have been the same without you running by my side, Nicole. :) Who knew we'd have to join a triathlon club to meet such wonderful friends. LOL!

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  5. I love how you described that scene. I felt like I was there! And I love running in the rain too. :))

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    1. Thanks, Crystal. :) I'd love to see you do a painting of a pair of lovebirds walking through the cherryblossoms. Your portraits are so lovely. I really enjoy getting your emails each week and seeing what you've created!

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  6. I like this writing. Feel real on me. Even I never see a cherryblossom - I only know it from my favorite l'occitane name. Wish I am there. To feel being there

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    1. Thank you so much, Tristi-Dian! I hope you get to make it to Washington one day to see the blossoms. Wishing you a magical spring. :)

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  7. Your writing is spectacular and vivid!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stacey. How kind of you to stop by. :)

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  8. What a lovely visual you paint with the simplicity of a master. I love the rain and enjoy umbrella dancing with my children. I found your blog through Susie's blog party. I'm glad I came.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Umbrella dancing sounds like something I need to start doing on a regular basis! :)

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  9. What a terrific post! You have such a way with words. I, like myoxisamoron, found you thorugh Susie's party and I'm so happy I did! Terrific!

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    1. You've got to love Susie's crazy blog parties! I'm so happy you found my post there and took the time to pop over. Thanks for your kind words. :)

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