So stalwart is she, forcing through the dense carpet of last year’s leaves packed hard by winter’s wrath. A harbinger to the winter-weary hordes of beast and man alike, she offers reassurance that the season of cold and snow is passing and life is returning.
Early spring is the season of small but mighty flowers, not to be overlooked. Dainty, yes, but fragile, no. She and her sisters endure frigid nights and heavy rains of the changing season, closing their delicate blossoms tight. Her slender stems dissuade ants and bend to the harshest winds.
Compared to far gaudier blossoms who arrive in the relative ease of late spring, she earns her vainglorious name through sheer tenacity. Small in size but large in numbers, she will march from her woodland home into towns and across lawns.
Her white petals glisten in the sunshine, and faint pink lines guide the season’s first bees into her blushing nectar. Some think of her as an innocent little girl wearing a pinstriped pinafore, and others know her as tasty miner’s lettuce, but most delight in her as their Spring Beauty.
Tea Leaf Tales is a series of original ten-sentence short stories by Marsha A. Moore, relating to photos/scenes that resonate with her.
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