Day 68: Something Beautiful—Jacaranda Lilac

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

The morning of my wedding, I harvested every lilac surrounding the family farmhouse. Tall graceful altar vases were overwhelmed with bowing cascades of deep purple, periwinkle blue, and stone white lilacs. An unmistakable perfume swallowed whatever remained of naked air and made my heart swell.

Love. I have loved them since before I can remember. Only Grandma more than me. Commanding the breezes of the early warm in late spring mornings. Perfect, dainty but firmly independent blossoms. The French violet — breathtaking. A scent more intense than the others. Always prolific. One French lilac held court until the peonies bloomed and then gracefully faded away.

Last night I looked for a purple lilac and found the Jacaranda. She loves the tropics. Central and South American, Cuba. Imagine coming around a bend and seeing her.  Color beyond astonishing. I must find this. And see this. And smell this. And much more.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 68: Something Beautiful—Jacaranda Lilac

  1. says:

    I saw this when we were in Mexico (2 weeks ago), but I didn’t think to smell it. It was something beautiful!

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