Well hello there, spring. Welcome back.
It's brutally cold out there today (at least here in Council Bluffs), so here's a flourish of warmth for everybody.
The honeysuckle is one of the most unique flowers I've met.
This is for all of you. To the chocolate-buyers, the sour-singles, the happily-singles, the guy who bought the $350 monstrosity of roses at Hy-Vee this morning, the jaded lovers, the romantics who are good to each other even on the other 364 days, the 2-years-olds who are showered with love with the regularity of the rising sun and the ones who sadly are not, the old couples who still hold hands, the old couple whose passion has faded into friendship and familiarity, and the couple who has agreed that cards have gotten too expensive, the holidays too commercialized, the wait times at restaurants too long, the walk to the passenger-side door too far. Whoever you are, and however you decide to celebrate or not celebrate Valentine’s Day, this is for you, whether you like it or not.
Valentine's is in a few days. If you love the idea of flowers but hate to waste money on perishable symbols of love, consider a floral print. They don't smell as good, but they are permanently fresh. I have a photography show as part of Second Fridays Council Bluffs on Valentine's night.
Here’s a close-up photo of a tulip to help warm you on this cold winter’s day. Spring is right around the corner. Keep reminding yourself of that tomorrow while it's blizzarding (if you live anywhere near me).