Our daughter, Cali, can delay gratification longer than anyone I know. Candy (good kinds) can stay under her bed for months. And when the last Harry Potter book came out she allowed herself to read ONE chapter a day so as to make it last (and she read while sucking on one piece of sour licorice from the stash under her bed). I’m not very good at delaying gratification—the only thing better than one helping of mashed potatoes is two.
Nature is an expert on delayed gratification. In our yard, first she gives us the crocus blooms, followed days later by the daffodils, then the tulips. While the tulips are blooming, the cherry tree blossoms open. Just as the cherry trees start to fade, the pear trees bloom followed by the peach and apple trees and the narcissus. As the fruit tree blooms die away, the lilacs open and then the irises. Then come the pretty white-flowering bushes (I don’t know their official name) and the day lilies, soon after the little purple potato blooms pop open in the garden. After the potato blossoms fall, then the flowers in the garden start their chain reaction—first the bachelor buttons, then the zinnias, followed by the marigolds and ending with the wildflowers. It’s harmonious and sustaining.
I’ve been thinking it’s a good thing I’m not in charge of the blooms calendar. If I were I suspect we’d have a blossom explosion followed by months of dearth and drought.