Once upon a time there was a tulip. On a shaded, barren, cold hillside the tulip lived alone. For one to two months out of the year, a beautiful red bloom appeared as magnificent as the idea that the flower existed in the first place. Said tulip resided outside my kitchen window in the rolling Montana hills and lay buried by snow 8 months out of the year. Nonetheless, she poked her head up every spring and I don’t know how she even got there in the first place as a solo bulb in no man’s land. Yes, I am assigning gender to this flower. The winter temperature: negative one million. Wind speed: roughly 60 mph (excluding gusts). Snow drifts piled 3-4 feet deep. This flower literally had nothing going for it; no love, encouragement, etc.
The tulip has always been my favorite. It wasn’t until recently through subconscious thought that I realized one reason why: their heartiness. Think about it. They endure some sort of torture most of the year then rejuvenate and bloom in a vibrant 'POW' kind of way. Take that, cruel world. Regrowth despite weathering the storm. The same can be said for life.
As a side note, in the mid 1600’s, there was such a tulip obsession that the bulbs became a delicacy and were traded as a form of currency. This due to their rare nature but also the extended length of time to produce a blooming bulb from a seed (not commercially as we do now).
In my life, I have experienced a lot of ‘storm’. However, I feel that the ultimate greatness of my life exceeds this. I am a tulip. I have bloomed and gone dormant and weathered enough. And been put on repeat. I am a tulip. But oh I am so blessed, because I know I get to bloom over and over again, with the help of many cultivators. I am a tulip.
This page is a follow-up to a previous blog, “The Life and Times of Dr. Nancy”. While I am still her, I am many other entities and this project signifies a new growing season for me. I appreciate all of you who supported my first tiny experiment. It was fun and such a learning curve and has given me a creative outlet I truly enjoy. The purpose of my time here is purely lifestyle happiness. Anything, everything, joyful, entertaining, and or helpful. Don't get crazy on me, there will be plenty of sarcasm and cynicism thrown in, with opinions that may not be favorable to all. But mostly in good fun.