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April 13, 2024 4 mins

Make time for beauty and memories

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Speaker 1 (00:03):
Welcome to Before Breakfast, a production of iHeartRadio. Good Morning.
This is Laura. Welcome to the Before Breakfast podcast. Today's
tip is that spring blooms are worth the bother. Sometimes
experiencing beautiful or memorable things can take a lot of effort,

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but that's okay. Beautiful things are worth spending energy for,
particularly if they are fleeting. So I have become something
of a floral tourist of late I went to Washington,
d C two tuesdays in a row in late March
in order to see the cherry blossoms at peak bloom.

(00:51):
I took the train from Philadelphia to d C, took
a cab to the Title Basin, and then walked around,
just gawking at the white and pink snowballs clinging to
the trees. Millions of petals create a canopy of other
worldly beauty. It's just the most amazing sight, and I'm

(01:11):
glad to have seen it. I also made sure to
get on the pre sale list to buy tickets for
Holland Ridge Farms in New Jersey. Once or twice every April,
I drive an hour to see the acres of tulips.
I pick some to take home and document many others
with the portrait mode on my phone. Now it has

(01:33):
not been easy to travel an hour or two in
the middle of everything else to see spring blooms. And
perhaps it sounds a bit silly too, really taking days
just to go see beautiful things. But spring blooms are fleeting.
The cherries were gorgeous for about ten days, and then

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those millions of petals turned to cherry snow, the tulips
whitherto Nature blooms on her own clock, and if you
want to see it, you have to adjust your schedule
to hers. I think that's worth doing. In general, seeing

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beautiful things and making memories is worth the bother. Travel,
especially with kids, can be a huge hassle, but those
trips often become our most intense memories. It is more
comfortable to just sit around the house. That's less of
a bother. But so what Having traveled two hours by

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train to DC to see those blossoms, I don't now
find myself saying, Wow, what a mistake that was to
spend ninety minutes surrounded by gorgeous blooms. I wish I
didn't have those photos to look back on now. I
wish I'd spent that day at my desk and puttering
around the house. I don't say that because I know

(02:57):
there is a time for that, when the blooms aren't
at their peak. Of course, everything in life is a balance.
We can't spend our entire lives traveling, and if I
spent every day seeking out spring blossoms, I would never
do anything else. But the occasional adventure can definitely fit
into life, even if we are busy, and even if

(03:19):
we are tired. Spring blooms are worth the bother, and
so are many other things in this beautiful world. In
the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening, and here's
to making the most of our time. Hey, everybody, I'd

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love to hear from you. You can send me your tips,
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an email at Before Breakfast Podcasts at iHeartMedia dot com.

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Thanks so much, should I look forward to staying in touch.
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