I drove through the wide and fertile plain of the Rhone valley parts of which is filled with orchards in bloom framed by lines of poplars and vineyards yet asleep.
Tender green grass makes room for tiny sweet creepers in every ditch and hollow where small blossoms shake their heads to the rhythm of the wind and the sun.
All around life is bubbling up visibly as spring fights off the winter grip.
I went looking for life and sunshine. I found both and more. I also stumbled across the following:
“Life will break you.
Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either,
for solitude will also break you with its yearning.
You have to love.
You have to feel.
It is the reason you are here on earth.
You are here to risk your heart.
You are here to be swallowed up.
And when it happens that you are broken,
or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near,
let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps,
wasting their sweetness.
Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
― Louise Erdrich
Live unbuttoned and undone and spot the orchards on your way.
Orchards in Bloom by Gretchen Kelly