Outside my kitchen window, the lilacs are blooming, a sure sign it will soon be summer and a reminder that Catherine's birthday is right around the corner. Some days I see the memories of Catherine everywhere in the sights and sounds of the peonies, baby animals, chirping birds - all seemingly simple signs that offer a Catherine sensory overload.
This time of year, the scent of blooming lilacs would always fill Catherine's bedroom. A single waft now takes me back to those warm spring nights, windows open as Catherine would cozy in close and complain it was way too early for bed. She would wrap her arms tight around my neck and demand I stay. I can still see her eyes twinkling in the knowledge that I would absolutely cave. I can still feel her arms as she pulled me close, promising she wasn’t letting go. Nose-to-nose, I can smell her shampooed hair and the sunscreen on her cheeks. These are the sights, smells, sounds and touch that are unmistakably Catherine. And I have to believe this is the case for you as well. Surely, there are sights, scents, smells, touch and taste you can claim as your own...a season's promise of rebirth and renewal.
This week, as we explore the sensational senses of nature, may you be reminded of that which delights your senses and all that is to come ahead.