And I think to myself what a wonderful world . . .

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(Above, CGGC members enjoying the outing at seeing the Chihuly display and the wonderful butterfly garden.)

In the midst of world turbulence, community concerns and personal problems, it is easy to have waves of worry. It has been said that “Giving thanks is the best antidote for anxiety”.

This month has reawakened my “attitude of gratitude”. The visit to the Riviera Health Resort where willing, smiling garden clubbers helped the patients create a beautiful flower arrangement to take to their room.

The field trip to Fairchild Garden with garden club friends where the splendor of nature is overwhelming—where all creation is singing praise to the Creator God. From the smallest speck of an orchid seed to the incredible colors of a butterfly wing to the huge African tree—the Baobab—where elephants rub against the bark to receive moisture to their dry skin to the many plants that give food and beauty to the eye to the scenes we see everyday before us—flowering trees, sparkling waters, towering palms, shimmering sunlight, awesome clouds, and faces of family and smiles of garden club friends . . . All of this puts a smile in my heart. I have a favorite song that also gives me “goosebumps” as I hear it. These words were sung by Louis Armstrong in 1967.

Give yourself a treat and Google “What a Wonderful World” and sing along—

Malabar tree nymph (Idea malabarica)“I see trees of green, red roses too.
I see them bloom for me and for you.
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue and clouds of white.
The bright blessed the day, the dark sacred night.
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky-are also on the faces of people passing by.
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do—
But what they’re really saying is I love you.
I hear baby’s crying and I watch them grow—
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know.
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself what a wonderful world.”

Oh Yes! Spring has “sprung”
Enjoy! We live in paradise.

-Jana White

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