Ahh, the redbuds! When their little pink blooms dot the greening landscape, I always pronounce spring is here to stay. And it is, sort of. I exhale deeply and count the number of months I will have good weather before I have to worry about icicles, cabin fever, or the threat of power outages.
This year, I am tracking the redbuds, hoping my careful attention will somehow make a difference in the duration of their life. In years past, I relaxed the moment they were in bloom and forgot about them. I didn't even notice they were gone until weeks after the fading which seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. But not this year. This year, as I say every year, I am noting their status in my journal. This year, I am dreaming that each moment I fixate on them will feel like an entire year.
"Just this moment," the spiritual gurus will tell you. And it is indeed a redbud moment. Their blossoms spark an urge in me to wear all things magenta, a hue somewhere between bubblegum and lavender. I am drawn to wear this color for only a short time every year and I am not the only one. On my daily hikes, I am starting to pass one person after the next in varying purple-pink attire. When I mention this fact to them, they grin, “Oh yeah!" surprised and delighted about their connection to the scenic backdrop.
One thing is for sure, the fashion world is paying attention. Alexander McQueen, a talented, high-fashion designer gets inspiration for many of his collections right from nature -- the animals, the sea, the clouds, and the flowers. In many cases he replicates their detailed patterns and unique color combinations with stunning results. One dress for a celebrity featured a gradation from fuchsia at the top to purple at the bottom, a redbud extravaganza.
Like it or not, we are all clearly under the influence, sometimes more than we know. Color can be intoxicating, and in a good way. You can drink in the grape-colored hue by wearing all things redbud or just by standing in their presence.
Perhaps that moment will feel like a lifetime.