The holidays are a great time of family and celebration. We spend a lot of time on parties and decorations. And in January, we put it all away. It’s sometimes a little disappointing, but the best is yet to come…
One of the best things about winter is the tulips. The poinsettias and winter greens can be exchanged for this bright and welcoming spring bulb. From the colorful petals to the strong green stem, this friendly flower has much to give. With that thought, I issue you the “share the tulips” challenge. Think of all the joy you could bring. If you don’t have a reason, make one up. Tuesday is a good reason. The sun coming out is a good reason. A best friend is a good reason. Being alive is a good reason. So many choices. I know you’ll do just fine.
Having tulips on my mind always leads my thoughts to the Michigan Tulip Festival. What a great occasion to celebrate. This year’s festivities are May 7-14. The festival is a huge tradition for the Dutch influenced city of Holland. Upon investigation, it turns out this Lake Michigan town currently holds a special honor.
In February 2010, Holland was named the Second Happiest City in the United States. According to www.holland.org, this recognition piqued the interest of journalist, Diane Sawyer: “How can a small town, in a state known for its high unemployment rate and nasty winters, beat out so many other cities in the happiness department?” The journalist – and her cameras – took a trip to see Holland’s Mayor, toured the city, chatted with locals to find out more.
One of the results is the story of Pay It Forward Holland. Makes you feel good to be a MichiGirl.
Now if we could just get the snow to melt so we can tip toe thru the tulips.