In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been quite a bit of cherry blossom photos popping up around my site. That’s because last week I was able to travel to Washington D.C. and attend the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington D.C. The cherry blossoms, and the annual celebration, honors the continued friendship between the United States and Japan.
Last week, the blossoms were in full bloom and I happened to experience a day where my Multiple Sclerosis wasn’t kicking my you-know-what. Knowing that I have to take advantage of those days where I don’t feel miserable, I made the decision to grab my hubby and make the 90 minute drive to D.C. Thankfully, most of D.C.’s monuments are handicapped accessible and there is a nice area of disabled parking places by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The National Park Service has an awesome map that you can download as an application on your smartphone. The app makes finding everything so much easier (especially if you’re not familiar with the area). Here is what the area looks like:
To say that the cherry blossoms are beautiful is an understatement. They are gorgeous beyond belief and I am so thankful that I was able to see them last week. I don’t want to sound like a cliche but the visual beauty affected my soul….it reminded me of how magnificent God’s creations
can be are. I need that reminder from time to time. Actually, I need that reminder regularly. Multiple Sclerosis is such an ugly disease. MS can make me feel ugly and it treats my body ugly. If a person isn’t careful (including me), MS can make one’s soul ugly. I am refusing to let that happen. It looks like God isn’t going to let that happen either as somehow, some way, I ended up right where I was meant to be….and my soul was restored.