An unexpected gift from a friend in Ottawa
brought a huge smile to my face
as I opened the parcel and discovered
a package of “Canada 150 Tulip” bulbs
… the official tulip of Canada’s 150th anniversary.


I excitedly planted the bulbs
… some in the front yard for others to enjoy
… some in the back yard for me to enjoy from the deck
and eagerly awaited their beautiful white bloom with red flames that would remind me of Canada’s Maple Leaf Flag and the Netherlands which gifted Canada with 100,000 tulip bulbs in 1945 as a postwar gift of gratitude for the role that Canadian soldiers had played in the liberation of the Netherlands in WW11.   <photo: W. Wang>

And they would be a constant reminder of the birthplace of my DH, Hans van der Werff.

It was a loving and oh-so-very thoughtful gift.

This morning, the tulip blooms began to appear on the tulips in the front yard
I was excited!


I immediately took their photo
and planned a daily journal of the tulips
to send to my Ottawa friend
so she could see how they were growing.

I came home this afternoon
eager to see if the tulips had opened.

I don’t know if they had
or had not because …

someone had come into the front yard
and cut the plants just under their bloom.


Who would do that?

Why would they do that?

No, it was not the work of an animal.
The tulip heads were clearly
snipped by human hand


Though I try to make sense of this senseless act
I realize that I cannot.

And perhaps that’s what lies at the crux of much of the angst in the world.

We cannot make sense out of insensitive acts
… that lead to confusion, suffering, broken trust.

We cannot make sense out of unkind people
… who only look out for their needs and their wants
without consideration of the consequences of their actions on others.

I wanted to react at this insensitive act.
I wanted to confront the unkind person who did this.

Instead, I made a cup of Crystal Tea
and decided to blog about it all.

I could have gone for a walk around the block
… if it hadn’t started to rain and the temperature hadn’t quickly dropped.

I could have headed into the tub with the book I’m reading
… if it had at least been 8:00 pm and a little closer to bedtime.

I could have made time to meditate
or pray
or …

I needed to de-stress
and Crystal Tea and keyboard were just what I needed
this time.

It’s all about having ways to de-stress
… from the little
… and bigger things
in life.

We don’t have to have
… the same ways to de-stress
each time.

We don’t have to have
… similar ways to de-stress
each time.

But it’s important that we do
“have ways”.



Text and Photos (unless otherwise identified) © June Maffin

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