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Memphis Springs to Life

April 8, 2012

It’s springtime  in Memphis, a natural wonder  I haven’t experienced in many years. How can you not love this city when it’s bedecked  in an Impressionistic palette of dappled pink and white and so many shades of green only God could name them all?

If you live amidst the suburban sprawl,  drive into town (forget your carbon footprint for now, this is an eco-honoring assignment) and experience the distinctly southern charm of a Memphis spring. It’s a  genteel orderliness of artfully shaped azaleas on the Parkways. It’s an undespairing profusion of potted blooms on  weathered porches in peeling neighborhoods. It’s a heady odor of honeysuckle and grass that assaults your senses and says, This is my own, my native land.

(Okay, that last part was way too corny for you sophisticates out there, but cut me some slack, it’s my first spring back in Memphis. Snark away if you must.)

Next weekend (April 13-15) there are plant sales at the Dixon (wildflowers), Memphis Botanical Garden, Lichterman Nature Center, and Idlewild Presbyterian Church (edible plants and veggies). Go to grow your garden and nourish your soul.

Spring is renewal. Relentless hope.  Abundant beauty.

Pray for Memphis, and live into the promise of her spring.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Helen Norcross permalink
    April 9, 2012 5:59 pm

    I like this post. And I like Spring. Who can deny the hope it brings and not be in awe of the Creator?

  2. chzrlotte brown permalink
    April 10, 2012 8:52 pm

    I needed to read this. And even more so I need to enjoy all that Memphis offers in the next month and a half. Have only gone to one Memphis in may event, and it was the first time I was here to visit wes, prior to us even being together…1999. It was sunset symphony and they played proud Mary atleast a dozen times. And presently we have lived here for the past 3 springs and enjoyed nothing Memphis has to offer. Its complicated when living outside 240 w tiny kids, but this is the year that we must right the wrong!

  3. April 10, 2012 9:15 pm

    Thanks so much for commenting, Helen and Charlotte! Helen, I wish you were here so that Eddie and I could show you our Memphis. Charlotte, I hope you and Wes will bundle up those precious wee children and discover our awesome zoo (great dinosaur exhibit on now, but they might be a little too wee for that), the river (check out Harbor Town’s path; it’s usually uncrowded), the Dixon Gallery gardens, and Memphis Botanical Garden, for a start.

    Note to Memphis natives: you know you’re a True Memphian when you can listen to Proud Mary a dozen times at a sunset symphony and still want more. Though, on second thought, that could be just a Boomer thing.

    Informal poll: 1. How many times can you listen gleefully to Proud Mary? 2. Are you over or under 50? (Results will be cross-tabbed!)

    • Mary Jane Thompson permalink
      April 11, 2012 9:10 am

      Very much enjoyed the Memphis Springs to Life. I drive daily to midtown via Park/Southern/Central/Parkway just to see the flowers in the spring… truly a God-thing! 🙂

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