Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run side. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connect between these two random objects, people, or scenes.
I ran out the front door. The first thing I saw was the garage across the street and my across the street neighbors’ backyards. The leaves are off the trees and it’s winter and it’s cloudy today and things look pretty bleak and grey.
I ran back inside. The second thing I saw was my amaryllis plant with one bud just barely opened and the other bud trying so very hard to open. Two beautiful red buds with vibrant green stems bringing a splash of bright color into my otherwise drab life.
What’s the connection? I connect the bleak, grey picture of the outside and contrast it with the cheery red bloom that is brightening my living room. There is no color outside save for the colors of the cars in the driveways and they aren’t always very colorful. Not living color. Winter is so bleak. But here in my living room, winter isn’t bleak. It is the bright red of two amaryllis blooms that I have been waiting weeks to open and the wait has been worth it. It seemed like the buds would never open. In fact, the smaller of the two buds, the later bud actually opened first. That’s okay. The fact that it opened is good enough for me.
I apologize for there being no pictures. I sent them from my phone to my email but they seem to be lost in cyberspace. If you want to see my amaryllis, however, go to my Facebook page here. It’s worth seeing. I feel like I’ve been waiting a lifetime to see them and they are finally here, Hooray!