All through middle- and high-school, my sister and I walked home together from school. In the spring, a block away from our home, on an otherwise run-down street, a cherry blossom tree graced us with the splendor only a cherry blossom tree can. It is my opinion that there are very few things as perfectly, sublimely pretty as cherry blossoms. I was moved by the tree and wanted to write a poem, but could never find the words to describe it properly. Every day, walking past, I would belabor my poor sister with pathetic high-school attempts at poetry. “Cherry blossoms…” I would say. I never got much farther than that. Eventually, after many days of enduring my poetic inadequacy, my sister started teasing me. Every time we came in sight of the tree, she would pre-empt me in a pompous poetry-recitation tone: “Cherry blossoms…!”
In college as undergrads, together we crossed the lake to the university, where every spring the tree-lined Quad lit up in pale pink blossoms. They fell like blushing snow onto the grass. My sister still teased me: “Cherry blossoms…”
When hubby and I were dating, he would play a song for me, “Cherry Blossom Girl,” by Aire. When we got engaged, my sister took our engagement photos at the Quad, where hubby and I met and spent our earliest days together. We stood under cherry blossom trees, hand in hand, looking up.
Every couple years I take my students to see the cherry blossom trees. Surrounded by Japanese tourists, I marvel again at the blossoms, and feel thankful I teach kids who are pure enough to gasp with excitement over how the trees are just so pretty.
All of this is to say, when I saw this photo-realistic cherry blossom silk at Nancy’s Sewing Basket, I knew I needed to buy it, even if it was $58 a yard. I knew it was one of those fabrics that wouldn’t leave me alone if I didn’t buy it. It is hands-down the most luscious, beautiful fabric I’ve ever purchased.
Originally, I had planned to make a dress from this fabric, but realized a dress requires 4 1/2 yards of fabric! I scaled back my ambition to maybe a blouse. Though I’m not yet sure exactly what I’ll do with it, I’m sure it will always make me feel lovely.