I stay 16 miles away from the tidal basin in DC - The heaven for Sakura lovers, commonly also known as cherry blossoms. Pink-tinged white flowers that bloom from the dry branches every spring, only to shed away in a few weeks for the leaves to shoot out.
Tidal basin is covered with approximately 3750 cherry trees. Yes, 3750. I visited it for the first time and my whole family found the energy of the place to be very positive and vibrant. My son and I found ourselves to be giggling for no reason.
Luckily, the community that I stay in has about a dozen of cherry trees too. It is a treat to be able to watch them from my kitchen window. A part of me is very sad to know that they bloom for approximately two - three weeks only. The philosophical part of me would like to explain their effervescent nature being an example of life. In all honesty, it is sad to see them go so soon.
What is wonderful to know is that when they are shedding the petals, the petals fly in the air and look gorgeous.
I was making dough for puri on this hot day of Bangla new year when I noticed the petals fly in the air. Immediately my mood lifted and I got absorbed in the beauty. It is true when they say that a thing of beauty is a joy forever.