Greatest Show from Earth by Heidi Hirsch

May 8th

The Greatest Show from Earth!

Spring is a big Hollywood movie opening with a splashy, glamour, glittering premiere.

Oh the anticipation, the excitement, the stars, the starlets with their mysterious escorts.

And the fans, wow! What an event!

Executive Producer: 

Mother Nature

This gal is an old pro.  She knows this production and has it down to the tiniest of details.

Cast of Characters:

Our Leading Lady –

My Wisteria, or what I refer to as my “20 Minutes of Beauty”, is a bit of a recluse and only comes out for a brief appearance for green carpet premieres.

Her blossoms appear, flourish, and then as quickly as they appear, she vanishes.  While she’s here, she is breathtaking. We clamor to catch a sight of her beauty before she vanishes. 

The Handsome Hero –

The Macadamia tree.

My father brought it back from Hawaii, long before it was banned, a small seeding, which today is over 30 feet high. The tree has stood in our backyard for over 50 years.  The smell of the blossoms is intoxicating. The harvest this year will be exceptional, and, as always, the squirrels will reap the bounty as they know just when the nuts are ready to eat. The ground will be covered with shells mocking me with their superior intellect and agile ability to jump from branch to branch, pelting the discarded remains of their morning feast.

The Starlet! –

Indigo Ruby

Nothing starts the excitement of Spring time like a visit to a Tomato-mania extravaganza. Events all over Southern California showcasing more than 300 heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties for sale —  If you are a tomato freak, this is where you will spend way too much money buying tomato plants. This year’s beauty is Indigo Ruby, rich in deep purple and the pride of any garden.

The Villain –

The Tomato Hornworm

This fella feeds on the leaves and stems of tomato plants.  A villain disguised as an attentive escort. blending in so not take the spotlight away from the lovely ingénue.  But watch out! This Manduca Quinquemaculata can take a tomato down leaving her bare, weak, and exposed to the harshness of the fickle fans. Unique patterns makes this worm hard to find among the branches and leaves but beware, he can damage your crop overnight.

The Fans –

The Birds, the Squirrels, and Butterflies!

They love you as long as you feed them. Let them down and away they go. There is nothing like a disgusted squirrel that is irritated that the peanuts have arrived later than usual.  Squirrels glare and they flick their tails with an air of entitlement.  I remind them I, am the provider of their dining pleasure. This means nothing to them!

The Audience –

The interesting thing about Spring is, while we see ourselves as the audience, we are, in fact, members of the cast.  Our authentic selves move with the cycle of nature. Spring is our best growing season.  It seems most of our best laid plans, during the winter, flourish.  It is the season of our “bulbs” .

To me, thoughts are a lot like bulbs.You plant thoughts, place them in the hands of the universe to nurture them, affirm that they are germinating and then let them go!

Oh sure, who am I kidding?

We grow impatient. Where is the outcome of my thoughts?

What happened?  I can’t see any changes.  Nothing is happening, maybe it’s not meant to be.  If I can’t see them, then I guess I failed.

And just when you think all is lost, BAM! There it is, a slightly raised indication that something is happening!  And there before you is the most magnificent outcome of simple affirmations. Just because you can’t see the germination, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Trust.  Don’t let go. Believe!

Mother Nature the greatest Mistress of our Earth.  I am grateful for my seasonal pass and lucky to have a front row seat every morning.


Enjoy the Spring of your life!   

Dazzled and Proud.





About Heidi:

As an amateur observer of the human race, Heidi is a self-appointed documentarian of life’s little quirks and how to stumble through them with humor.
Maintaining that belief has brought her to that golden age of early-bird specials, senior discounts, and the VIP-AARP card.  Always on the lookout for new adventures, Heidi is currently standing at the fork in the road, tossing a coin and deciding the next step along the way!  Stay tuned!  


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