Stop and Smell the Roses, Jennie

This past week  was very busy.  It was school vacation week, so we we rolled up our sleeves to start on yard work.  Spring arrives late in New England.  Of course we had a delightful day driving to a lovely old town in New Hampshire, and I had a wonderful day at the Eric Carle Museum (blog post coming).  I finally stopped to look around.  Finally.  Mother nature gives us art every day.  Some of that art is short lived.

These beauties won’t be here long.  Thank goodness I stopped to look and smell the roses.  Life is short.  Look around and see the beauty.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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59 Responses to Stop and Smell the Roses, Jennie

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I love seeing these photos, Jennie. They are only here for a bit, and I never get tired of seeing them. I hope your back feels well enough to pick up those kids when you go back to school.

  2. beth says:

    you are so right. here and gone in an instant.

  3. You are so right about spring flowers’ being here for such a short time and the need to appreciate them while they’re here. (Your edging looks really good!)

  4. Don Ostertag says:

    Ah, Jennie, you are making me nostalgic. Back in the day when I could garden, I had over 100 rose bushes planted all around and I loved to just stand by a bush and soak in the fragrance.

  5. A very good idea, Jennie.

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    How marvelous to have the time to work in the yard and enjoy its beauty. I hope you had a restful and relaxing break. I saw your Eric Carle photo on Facebook. I’ve never been, but I instantly recognized The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  7. beetleypete says:

    I don’t cultivate much in our garden. Instead, I spend time out with Ollie every day, admiring what nature has to offer with no need of human intervention. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  8. Amen to that, Jennie!! 💗

  9. quiall says:

    Such beauty puts a smile on my face! Thank you for sharing.

  10. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful colors– and your bushes are so well trimmed. Inspiring

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Ally. We bought this house 20 year ago with well established bushes, trees, and a garden. It has been years of preserving the old, adding new, and adapting to Mother Nature. The bushes have remained strong and blooming. I think the short life of the blooms makes us stand up and take notice, as nothing is for granted.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I hadn’t thought about Eric Carle. It would be a great day trip along with Atkins Market. Thanks.

    • Jennie says:

      It is my favorite day trip. I go at least three times a year. I hit Atkins Market after every trip! The museum always has three major exhibits, plus their bookshop is the best I have ever found (I am picky!) I’m glad I put the idea in your head.

  12. Darlene says:

    What a lovely garden. You are right, the blossoms don’t last long. There were magnolia trees in Vancouver and I would pass them on my way to work in the spring, one day they would be in full amazing blossom and two days later the blossoms were gone. The next year I brought my camera and stopped to take a picture.

    • Jennie says:

      Magnolia trees in Vancouver? Lucky you.
      Those trees only survive in the south. I grew up with those trees and dearly miss them here in New England. The beautiful blossom fragrance is strong, and the thick glossy leaves make the best Christmas decorations. Thank goodness we stop to marvel at the beauty that is right in front of us. Best to you, Darlene.

  13. Ren says:

    Beautiful reminder! Thanks Jennie

  14. Ah, the wonder of it all… 💞

  15. dgkaye says:

    Beautiful. And wise words. ❤

  16. Forsythia and daffodils never last long enough. (Don’t know the purple flower, but it’s probably the same.)

    As a side note to the post, I’ve noticed that if you want roses that actually smell, you really have to grow your own. I don’t know if this came about because florists were breeding varieties that lasted longer, or if it’s the time spent in a refrigerator, but I can’t find roses from a florist that have a real aroma, and I’ve tried hard because sometimes seriously ill people can only lay in bed and maybe smell the flowers.

    But if I want roses that smell, they need to come from my garden.

    Just a curious little factoid. I thought I’d pass it along, and now you can puzzle over it, too. : )

    • Jennie says:

      Hi Cathleen. Yes, if you want roses that truly smell, grow your own. The forsythia and daffodils have no smell. The purple flowers are azalea, and they don’t really have a smell. Gee, maybe the non-smell plants put all their energy into a burst of blooms. Because roses have a long lasting smell, that idiom of stopping to smell the roses and taking time to reflect seems perfect.

  17. Modest Marve says:

    It is amazing what you are able to see once you stop and smell the roses, we are so quick to just live fast and not always take the time to appreciate the beauty in nature around us! I catch myself periodically needing to bring myself back to reality and appreciate the little things more often! Beautiful post, thank you for sharing!💕

  18. I don’t own a garden at the moment but this posts makes me want to start planting beautiful roses so I can admire them everyday! Thank you! ❤️💐

  19. bosssybabe says:

    Beautiful colours! I always make sure I am physically stopping in my tracks to appreciate the present moment… it’s important! I never want to be remembered as someone who never saw and appreciated the beauty around us!

    • Jennie says:

      Good for you, Jen. I was not good at doing this when our children were little. You have a head start on being remembered as someone who saw and appreciated the beauty that was right there. 🙂

  20. Indeed Jennie.. We need to pause and smell the roses… And make the most of every moment of every day ❤ Loved your post ❤

  21. Lovely flowers, Jennie.

  22. What a wonderful impression! Thanks for sharing Jennie! The warmth is back, and soon we all are also blooming. 😉 xx Michael

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