Wednesday, May 02, 2012

From the archives: Magnolia trees

One of the things I've wanted to do with my blog is re-post old blog posts, rather than just link to them. My readership has changed since I first started writing so I thought it would be fun to revisit some of my favorite old posts.

This week at pick up, I noticed the first magnolia blooms. I told Nate and Alex the story of why those blooms always make me think of them... and here's the story I posted May 11, 2007.

On the morning of Tuesday May 16 last year [2006], we went for our last ultrasound to determine whether I would need to have a c-section. Thank goodness for that ultrasound because it showed Alex's amniotic fluid was low and I needed an emergency c-section. We went straight to the hospital where the boys were born less than 8 hours later. The night of Saturday May 20, I went outside for the first time since becoming a mother. We got in the car to go home without the boys.

I cried the entire way home. To try to stop crying, I looked out the window. I noticed every magnolia tree was in bloom. First I was amazed that I had been inside so long that trees bloomed. Then I worried blooming magnolia trees would always remind me of that horrible night going home without my babies.

Yesterday I saw the first blooming magnolia trees of the season. They filled me with joy because they reminded me that a year ago, I gave birth to two amazing boys. More importantly, it reminded me I have survived the first year of twins. Instead of reminding me of bad times, I think blooming magnolias will remind me I've made it another year as a mom. I hope they also remind me to slow down and enjoy every minute because soon enough magnolias will bloom again.


Beth said...

I'm too choked up to leave a comment. There's a magnolia tree right outside our bedroom window and I just noticed last night that it had started blooming. We're a little north for magnolia trees, so the blooms aren't nearly as pretty as the ones in the south, but thanks for re-posting this. Now I will look out my window and always feel strong. (Guess I wasn't too choked up after all.)

Carrie77 said...

Beautiful post!

Joanna said...

Great idea. I like the idea of reposting old posts when it fits. Sort of brings things back around again. What changes and what stays the same.

Last night I heard the first cricket of the season. I cannot hear a cricket chirp without thinking back to those first few weeks of Michael's life when I would nurse him in the dark in the middle of the night and listen to a lone cricket sing under Michael's window.

Cacey said...

Thanks for making me cry!

On our way home from the hospital with Sophia we saw a bad car wreck happen right in front of us. Scary!

Cheryl Lage said...

Simply lovely....the post and the poster.

Don't think I will ever see magnolias again without remembering this post, and my thankfulness for being a twin mommy, too. :)

Brandy said...

Lovely and great idea on reposting!!