Friday, May 21, 2010

"There Is Nothing Like..."

...cherry blossom time in Washington D.C.
I remember
when I was a little girl
my parents would take our whole family to
see my grandparents who lived in D.C.
We would travel the seemingly endless miles by car...
nonstop...
weaving in and out of tedious road detours
throughout Indiana and Ohio.
And then we would reach the "magical highway"...
the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
It was breathtaking...
complete with wide smooth driving lanes,
tunnels through the mountains,
and the wonderful Howard Johnson rest stops.
This is the always the spot in the trip where
my car sickness bouts would come to an official end.
It also meant
that quite "soon" we would finally reach
my grandma and grandpa's house...
a comfy bed to sleep in...
and all the
wonders of the Capitol city.
As majestic as all the formal marble monuments were...
it was
the simple and natural springtime display
of the lacy fluttery
Washington D.C tidal basin cherry blossoms
which holds the most special place
in my heart's memory.
Those blossoms were the inspiration for this card.
Someday I will return to D.C....
in the spring...
and take it all in...with childlike wonder...once again.

10 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I think I have done that drive, complete with car sickness, before too. What I remember is that there were huge monuments in the middle of the roads. The traffic went around them. I thought that most peculiar. I love your rendition of the cherry blossoms.

soulbrush said...

love this beauty

Anita Davies said...

Love this Margaret....simply beautiful!

Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

My dad had to milk cows, so we never went anywhere - But once my grandparents took me east on that same trip. I loved Howard Johnson fried calms!

Lovely words and blossoms, Margaret.

studio lolo said...

So so pretty!

I've stopped in many HoJo's in my lifetime. I'm pretty sure I always got a maple walnut ice cream cone ;)

marianne said...

There is nothing like.... your artwork as well!

I have spent a week with my son in Washington, I loved it!
But no blossom at that time, but it was lovely anyhow.
We have wonderful memories of that trip.

Marthann's Musings said...

Oh love the picture, and, love the cherry blossoms. Remember being there one time when they were in bloom. Also, remember many a long car ride with 3 siblings !! Have a great weekend

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

What a lovely story of your childhood and love of blossom. Beautfiul design as ever.

Teri C said...

Beautiful blooms and beautiful memory

Anna Wolf said...

Lovely painting! I just adore cherry blossoms