If you're anything like me (and my condolences if you are), you measure time in flower blooms. New Year's Day is less the first notch in the calendar than it is a way to measure the relative time to the first daffodils. In general, it's about three months and two weeks away. Oh, the anticipation!
The first week of May is, for me, the actual new year, when the tulips start to bow their heads in earnest. (Those red and purple blooms are the real new year sparklers.) Then, the second week of May is cherry blossom week, when the city is blanketed in sweet, perfect, heart-opening scents. The third is Korean lilacs week. And Memorial Day weekend is nearly always when the giant globes of peonies greet picnic goers.
If you're keeping track, you know that this year we're a few weeks behind. Which, for a part of the country that is always a few weeks behind the rest in flower blooms, can feel like a consolation prize.
It's easy to track things in terms of "supposed to be." And it's even easier to notice when they seem a little off course.
Where am I as compared to everyone else my age? What if everyone around me is more successful? Happier? Healthier? Is that lady next to me writing a blog post? Is it better than this one? Is everyone my age…better?
Molly Priesmeyer is the co-owner of Good Work Group, a creative and storytelling consultancy dedicated to helping mission-driven businesses and organizations succeed. Her stories on culture, the arts, and the environment have appeared in the Star Tribune; Pioneer Press; Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine; Rolling Stone; MinnPost; and others. She's been working on her novel, "Why Me? A Martyr's Guide to Live," since 5th grade. She can be reached at www.mollypriesmeyer.com.
For 28 years, I've watched winter melt away and every single Minnesotan effortlessly transform brown death into brilliant window boxes and flower pots, replant terraced lawns with graceful sedge and fiery orange daylilies. Every year I watch in awe, and more than a little shame. I have no idea how to do any of this.