A couple of weeks ago, we took a trip “home” to Skagit County to visit family and friends. Growing up there, I learned quickly to hate the tulips that the area is known for. Tulips meant traffic and tourists and cranky parents who had to work a lot of overtime. I associated the Tulip Festival with a month that I barely got to see my mom. When Martin and I started dating, he learned very quickly that giving me a bouquet of tulips would not be seen as a romantic or sweet gesture.
But after living away for the past 9 years, I’ve come to miss the tulips. So when we came home to visit, we loaded my parents and the girls in the car and made the trip to Roozengaarde, a beautiful display garden run by a wonderful local family. I think it was the first time in decades that both my parents went to the Tulip Festival for a reason other than work. Seeing the tulips through my daughter’s eyes changed everything for us, and we were able to see them for what they are – beautiful.
If you are ever in western Washington during the month of April, I recommend going to see the tulips. Try to see it all from the perspective of a small child. Take in all the colors. Don your favorite pair of rainboots, and listen to the sound of the wet ground squishing beneath your feet. Breathe in the clean, country air. You’ll understand why they call this place the “Magic Skagit”. When you see the world through the eyes of a toddler, you’ll be able to see how truly beautiful it is.