Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Waiting April 27, 2015

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My daffodils are in full bloom here in southeastern Minnesota.

Daffodils are in full bloom in southeastern Minnesota.

THEY’RE POPPING UP here in the north land. Daffodils. Crocus. Tulips. Bulging buds burst or about to burst into the vibrant hues of spring.

Fiddleheads are poking up along the foundation of my house.

Fiddleheads poke up along the foundation of my house.

I’m waiting, waiting, waiting for tulips to loosen their lips, for fiddleheads to unfurl in the rhythm of the wind.

Waiting, always waiting.

Why? Why must I always wait for tomorrow?

Wild day lilies are emerging.

Wild day lilies emerging.

I must delight in today. Green growth. The slow warming of days. The beginning. This transition of seasons.

Garden art that stays on my backyard fence year-round.

Garden art stays on my backyard fence year-round.

There will be time to seed zinnias and spinach, to fill pots to overflowing with greenhouse goodness, to climb the ladder and haul down the garden art, to pull out the lawn chairs and gather around a backyard campfire.

My artist friend Steve Denninger gifted me with this piece of original garden art created from recycled items. It hangs on an old wooden box in my backyard. The box is built from a recycled fence.

My artist friend Steve Denninger gifted me with this piece of original garden art created from recycled items. It hangs on an old wooden box in my backyard. The box is built from a recycled fence.

For now, on this day, in this moment, I must appreciate today. Stop waiting. Maybe tomorrow won’t be better than today and today is actually better than tomorrow. Yes, I must stop waiting and live in today’s season of life. Whatever that may be.

Ā© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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20 Responses to “Waiting”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    It’s coming—I can feel it. Yesterday when we went to the nursery we sat outside on the patio for a couple of hours and it was wonderful and felt actually a bit decadent because we were able to just sit still for a time and just BE in the moment with each other. I need to do that more often.

  2. Almost Iowa Says:

    It is what I tell my wife. She wants me to get busy tilling the garden but I tell her I am living for today…

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Beautiful essay, Audrey. A full life is enjoying what God gives us every day, even the not so good stuff… like having to till the garden.

  3. Your daffodils are beautiful. So nice to see Spring around everywhere you go. šŸ™‚

  4. Littlesundog Says:

    Lovely words Audrey. We’re getting drenching rains today and tonight. We’re at the “iris” stage here, and most of my perennials are blooming. I got lucky to get the last of my garden in, corn planted, and some transplanting done around the house yesterday. Now the rains will get it all watered in… yay!! šŸ™‚ Enjoy your “budding” Spring!

  5. Virginia Updegrove Says:

    Here in Idaho it has been beautiful. The last few days a little cooler, but flowers and trees in full bloom. The little house that we’ve brought back to life is now being occupied again. Not everything in place, but it seems so homey. It again has a smile on its face.

  6. hotlyspiced Says:

    It must be lovely to see the greenery after so many months of everything being blanketed in snow. I do love tulips and it will be wonderful to finally see them come to bloom. In the meantime…

  7. Don Says:

    Wow I wish we were as far ahead as you! The last of the snow is still melting but I did get some yard work done in the non snow areas this weekend. The geese and ducks are flying overhead as they migrate to the northern nesting areas. Littlesundog says that the corn got planted! Oh how I wish we could grow good sweet corn here! I have to have it flown up from the Midwest! My neighbor tried for years to grow it but never really succeeded. He studied all he could about raising corn and discovered that the corn needs light and dark cycles to grow and mature. With 24 hours of daylight in the summer the corn never was able to do much. The best corn my neighbor was ever able to get was one summer when he would go out in the evening and cover all the corn plants with black plastic trash bags to shield the plants from the sun. It kind of worked as it was the best he had ever raised but still not the quality of that from the Midwest! It was too much work so he did not do that again and just ordered the corn from farms like the rest of us. Enjoy the summer!

  8. Beautiful – Loving your captures; the floral and the artwork šŸ™‚ Happy Week – Enjoy!

  9. Jackie Says:

    I’ve been anticipating the opening of my spring flowers, crocus’ have come and gone, tulips are almost there… they will come in their own sweet time…right? Love your “garden art” Audrey…so lovely

    • My tulips are like yours, about to blossom. The bleeding heart is also really growing. I am always so appreciative of these first flowers of spring. My crocuses are done blooming, too. Garden art is such fun. I especially like the original art my friend Steve gave me.

  10. Thread crazy Says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more; all of us are always wishing for tomorrow, when we’re missing the “now” time…we’ve got to life for each day, one day at a time. Your daffodils are gorgeous; ours have come and gone and now our Iris’ are waning….spring is slowly slipping while summer is fast on it’s heels. BTW…I just love your garden art..


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