#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Dancing Lilacs

A day or so ago, when I sat at the desk in my bedroom alcove, I saw a motion out of the corner of my eye and turned to look.  The white lilac bush next to the fence seemed to be dancing alone in the early morning breeze–everything else was still–waving its limbs as if to catch my attention.  I was awe-stricken by the sight–how had I failed to notice that the buds had opened?  I was sure the miracle must have happened during the night.  It was a blessing, a gift–and of course I entered the experience in my gratitude journal then and there.

How many small beauties to do we miss, for the sheer busyness of our lives?

Quail lined up on the fence, for instance, waiting for the turkeys to move on so they can get to the birdseed scattered on the ground.

My kitty, Jitterbug, who has slept on my bed her entire life, choosing to curl up beside Bernice on my closet floor instead, as if to keep her company?  (Bernice, now 15, always slept on my bed, too, but for some reason, she’s been spending her nights on her own soft bed on the closet floor.  Does anybody know why?)  My only theory is that she’s become incontinent in the last year or so and worries she might have an accident during the night.

The weather has been lovely here, sunny but very cold.  I don’t mind that–if the sun shines, I’m happy.  Heck, I’m happy when it doesn’t shine, too–as long as I decide to be.


38 comments to “Dancing Lilacs”

  1. Leanna
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:09 pm · Link

    I love all the spring flowers! We have beautiful wild bluebonnet so that grow in Texas in the spring. If your cat is getting older she maybe having trouble getting up on the bed.

  2. Gloria
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:11 pm · Link

    I’m envious of your Lilac. There was one at the old house in GA many years ago, but it died about 14 years ago for some strange reason.

    I have one in a pot in a “holding” area here, and I’m glad you reminded me…I need to check it tomorrow and check on my Hostas. When Michael was sick, I didn’t get the leaves off the Hostas and they all died. I don’t want that to happen this year, as I’m trying to get some of all kinds. I mostly get pass-a-longs from family and friends. Those are the best kind.

    I’m glad you got a Blessing from seeing the Lilac. It was waving to get your attention.

    Take care.

    • Gloria
        · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:40 pm · Link

      I should rephrase the above statement…I’m not envious of your Lilac, but of you having a Lilac. :)

      And, I like the phrase of “Dancing Lilacs”. It sounds like a beautiful sight.

  3. pat Dennis
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:15 pm · Link

    Bernice is thinking og you and doesn’t want to make a mess in you bed.

  4. Ruby Norwood
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:17 pm · Link

    Linda, I think we are all guilty of staying so busy, that we miss out on a lot of small beauties as you called it in our lives. I don’t really know about Bernice and Jitterbug.

  5. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:19 pm · Link

    Lovely reminders of thankfulness.

    As to Bernice…. Perhaps with getting older she is feeling discomfort in her hips and finds jumping up and down from the bed painful.

    Is she slower than before when going up and down stairs or steps?

  6. Virginia H
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:30 pm · Link

    It was sunny here today but cold, I did get a walk in but come this weekend we have rain on the way again, so sick of the rain.

  7. Patricia Taylor
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:33 pm · Link

    I was going to comment too that maybe Bernice has a bit of arthritis and it’s now painful for her to jump off the bed. It’s been cold here, too. We had frost last night and my tulips looked so sad this morning. A week ago we had 80 degree temps. Crazy.

  8. Roberta Giordano
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:35 pm · Link

    Buy a doggie ramp so she can get up and down the bed. My daughters bull terrier has very bad arthritis so he can no longer jump up or down on bed. When he stays with me I have to lift him on and off. Just make sure you get ramp and not stairs,easier for them to use

  9. dixie hadley
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:38 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing. it was very touching. We had a different experience this morning around 7:00 am. We heard a knocking coming from the kitchen. We found a beautiful blue bird continually flying into the window on our back door. He di this all day long. When we walked to the window he’d fly away but as soon as we walked away he came back over and over, all day long. Never did understand what attracted him to the window. Any insight into this action would be appreciated. Other wise it has been a wonderful day.

    • Gloria
        · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:42 pm · Link

      The blue bird probably saw it’s reflection in the window. It could be trying to “fight” for it’s territory.

    • midge watkins
        · April 24th, 2015 at 11:05 am · Link

      I had a Robin that attacked my window for two years. He would sit on my patio grill and mess all over it until I got the
      insight to move the grill away from the window, dah. It was
      rather creepy to get up a dusk for a glass of water and see that
      mean looking bird staring at me through the window! I
      guess they see their reflections.

  10. Cassandra Clarke-Belgrave
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:42 pm · Link

    I noticed a tulip this morning as I am leaving for work…I wanted to stop pull out my mobile phone and take a picture but didn’t…if I stopped to try and take a picture I would have realized I left my mobile phone on the charger…of course I did not discover until I was to far away to turn around…God’s little beauty trying to give me a message.

  11. Peggy S. Coatney
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 10:44 pm · Link

    Hi Linda: Bernice might be hurting when she jumps up on the bed (that is if she did).
    Our Fletcher didn’t jump up on anyone’s bed, due to the fact he was slowly dying of congestive heart failure
    He was in pain, never could get comfortable, etc….He’s been gone for a year and a half now….We miss him still. He was a cairn terrier…

  12. Mary Cresto
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 11:03 pm · Link

    That is so sweet what you just wrote. Makes me think about what I am missing around me. I need to look more at what God has created. God Bless You. Mary

  13. Terri Shortell
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 11:17 pm · Link

    Sounds like you have had a lot to be grateful for lately. My baby was incontinent for a long time so I was constantly changing my sheets during the night. I still let her sleep w me when she wanted to and I’ll cherish the memories of her forever. She did do like your baby and just want to sleep alone sometimes. I just let her choose.

  14. Dawn Roberts
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 11:20 pm · Link

    I’m sorry to say this but Bernice may be moving to a place she feels she can be to pass away in peace. Its not uncommon for animals to do that. Our 17 years old mutt, Toby, did that. He went to a quiet place in the yard, out under a tree that he liked, and we found him there. So, that’s where we buried him.

  15. Evelyn Baldwin
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 11:25 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing! You brightened my evening. God gives us so much beauty, if we can open are eyes and be still to see it!

  16. Linda Holmes
      · April 23rd, 2015 at 11:26 pm · Link

    Once in a while I will see a hummingbird here.

    We have a frost warning from 2 am until 8 am Friday morning. I hope it doesn’t hurt our lilac bush. I have all of my flower bulbs covered up because in the past from frost I lost them all. Didn’t get any flowers. My dafadills have already bloomed waiting on Tulips.

    I sit here in my sewing room just watching things outside, like birds going by the window or a squiral climbing a tree. If I’m sitting by my sewing machine I can see the bird feeders.

    For I’m watching the Blackhawks vs. the Predators the game is currently tied, third starting in a few.

    Wish I could see some of the birds and other animals you have in your yard

    Well that’s all for now.


  17. Garen
      · April 24th, 2015 at 12:29 am · Link

    Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. Between the birds, the rabbits and the horses, watching the antics of nature out our windows is better than TV. That is, except rattlesnakes….they can just head right on out to someone else’s place.

  18. Tammy
      · April 24th, 2015 at 4:17 am · Link

    My purple lilac bush has leaves on it & I just noticed that it has buds on it now! We got it on Earth Day. When we planted it, it was literally a twig. It is now 9 foot tall. I’m looking forward to it blooming! It is so beautiful when it is in full bloom. On a windy day with the windows open you can smell them. I always look at when I’m washing dishes. It has been sunny but cold here in Northern Indiana too. I’m hoping that the cold temps don’t kill the buds off.

  19. kathy parsons
      · April 24th, 2015 at 7:12 am · Link

    hey linda well I went to pick up my kids from school and would have to park the car and wait in the line of cars and I would look at all the trees and think how amazing that there r so many different trees and God has made them all yet they seem so perfect, every single on and the places they r they so amazing to just look at, we also have cats and my daughters cat will come inside when it is cold but then she wants outside and she acts like she is a dog, when she see’s the kids she runs threw the yard like she is a German shepherd coming to attack I am gonna have to get that on video,lol it is so cute… I also love lilacs just wish they lasted longer I love the sent of fresh lilac’s with the windows open so good sure does make u have a good day…hope u have a great day, sending love hugs and prayers always, xoxoxoxo :wink:

  20. Patricia
      · April 24th, 2015 at 7:13 am · Link

    Well said !
    I continue to be happy too despite being tied indoors.
    As long as the trees still rustle in the breeze and the birds are nesting and singing their little hearts out, life is good.

  21. Virginia Dodds
      · April 24th, 2015 at 8:52 am · Link

    Bernice has arthritis and it is painful for her to get up and down from the bed.

  22. Andrea Lammly
      · April 24th, 2015 at 9:15 am · Link

    Linda, we had snow flurries overnight and this morning here in Vermont. Still waiting for spring to truly show up and stay. No flowers here yet. A theory on why Bernice no longer sleeps on your bed; could it be that she can’t jump up there at her age? Our cat Landry is 15 years old and we have some steps so he can climb up on our bed now. And as they get older they do tend to stay to themselves and your thought about her being incontinent could be the answer. Got to love our animals. Truly something I am grateful for every day.

  23. Jo-Ann Baker
      · April 24th, 2015 at 9:28 am · Link

    Morning, When I look out the window an seen buds on my tree. Spring is here in Ohio and it took so long in coming an all was brown or white for so long I thought it would never be. When I can plant my flowers an garden it will be better. We had snow just Tuesday so it can still be cold here.
    Have a wonderful day :mrgreen:

  24. judy
      · April 24th, 2015 at 9:29 am · Link

    I think the dogs know something that we don’t. Are dog has always slept with my husband but lately she has been sleeping on the floor or my bed.
    We have a lot of rain and it is trying to rain today. Have a nice weekend.

  25. Lynn
      · April 24th, 2015 at 9:40 am · Link

    Wonderful story. Very invigorating and happy. Thank you!!

  26. Margy Manear
      · April 24th, 2015 at 9:49 am · Link

    I just finished Deadly Deceptions, and though I’m not usually a fan of ghostly stories,I’m waiting for the next Mojo book. Also for the next Bride’s book. Come on, Write fast!!

  27. Gina Baker
      · April 24th, 2015 at 10:28 am · Link

    I always enjoy reading emails but today was especially nice. Thank you for you.

  28. midge watkins
      · April 24th, 2015 at 11:09 am · Link

    Where are you in this area? I have lots of buds on my lilacs,
    but it will be at least a week before they bloom. I have a tall
    hillside on the east of my property tho, and that keeps my
    blooming time a little late. I think lilacs are one of the most
    wonderful signs of spring. I planted two new ones this year.
    Little Bernice might need stairs. Or a puppy pad under her
    bed blanket. You’re the Momma. You’ll figure it out.

  29. Melaine
      · April 24th, 2015 at 11:47 am · Link

    It sounds idyllic. Before I moved to southern AZ I lived on a small lake just north of Seattle that was very beautiful and peaceful. I love it here in so. AZ, but I do miss the water views.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Linda.

  30. Beverly Evanger
      · April 24th, 2015 at 11:51 am · Link

    your dog may just be getting old and is hard to get up/down on bed. i love lilacs. my backyard always smells so good

  31. bn100
      · April 24th, 2015 at 7:58 pm · Link

    lilacs are nice

  32. Barbara Callihan
      · April 24th, 2015 at 8:04 pm · Link

    Great attitude…I, on the other hand, need warmth and sunshine together!

  33. Ann Bartholomew
      · April 26th, 2015 at 1:51 pm · Link

    I’m glad your animals keep each other company and give comfort. Our old cocker spaniel – she came to us 15 yrs. ago as a stray – slept beside me on the floor when I was having chemo for breast cancer. She was so close I sometimes had a hard time getting out of bed without stepping on her. God gives us friends in many forms.

  34. Linda A. Beaudoin
      · April 26th, 2015 at 5:35 pm · Link

    Jitterbug probably knows something is wrong with Bernice and wants to keep her company.

  35. Dona Kutska
      · April 28th, 2015 at 12:23 am · Link

    Be happy! Good choice.

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