When I first came to Omaha I discovered a tree that had wonderful pink ‘tulips’ growing on its branches in the spring! Coming from the mountains of Colorado where we were lucky to get Columbine flowers to bloom, I instantly fell in love this beautiful tree. It blooms briefly in the spring right around Easter time and so I have come to associate it with my favorite holiday of the year.
I know that most people like Christmas the best — but I have always liked Easter. I think part of the reason is because there is less stress surrounding Easter — don’t have all of those presents to buy for everyone. Whatever the reason — Easter has always seemed much happier to me — colorful, getting warmer and lots of chocolate — who can ever turn down chocolate bunnies! I once heard a comedian say that her children didn’t know that bunnies came with ears until she went on a diet one Easter — my children still don’t know that the bunnies have ears — I’m not stupid enough to go on a diet just before Easter!
Anyway — back to ‘my’ tree. The first time I saw this tree was when I was attending Creighton University. I could see it out the window of my work-study office and I was intrigued by the beautiful pink flowers that reached for the sky as they opened. This tree fills me with happiness every time I see it. What a strange place to grow such beautiful flowers — on the end of an ugly brown stick!
So every year, in addition to waiting for those lovely chocolate Easter bunnies to line up so I can bite off their ears — I also look forward to seeing my favorite spring tree. When I witness the pink tulips erupting, I know that Easter is almost here and that Spring has definitely arrived – and I smile.