"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us." ~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honorable Defeat

My camera is rarely left behind even for a quick jaunt into the coffee shop with my kids in tow.  On this particular day, however, I left the camera in the car.  Well, it didn't sit there for long.  The previous day was full of torrential rains.  Flowers that had just started the bloom were sure to be destroyed.  So you'd think.  As I headed toward the coffee shop I saw these spectacular beds of brightly colored tulips covered in rain drops glistening in the morning sun. They weren't wilted from the previous day's rain at all.  It was hard to believe I was standing with an oil stained parking lot behind me as we turned to go back to the car to get my camera. You see, it was a moment in need of a camera. It was also a moment to teach my two year old about the beauty and resilience of nature and a moment for me to stop and, well, smell the flowers.