…and then my heart with pleasure fills

After a few years away from snow and cold winter misery, it’s easy to forget how wonderful the arrival of Spring is.

And the daffodils.  They are EVERYWHERE, like a weed…apparently this is normal, but I have never seen so many bloom en masse on their own before in my life.

In the East daffodils are a sign of prosperity and luck.  If a daffodil blooms on the Chinese New Year it is said to bring wealth and good fortune throughout the rest of year…so this should be a good one for us.  But, their bulbs are poisonous and are often mistaken for onions, so watch out.  Unfortunately every time I see them I think of the mean daffodils from Alice in Wonderland and have a weird kind of aversion to them.

But I’d take daffodils over black ice any day.  Even the mean ones.

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For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils.

~William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

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