I planted this Yoshino Japanese Cherry quietly in honor of Thomas Jefferson and democracy 15 years ago.
It never bloomed.
This week, the week of Madeleine Albright’s memorial service, at a time that democracy appears to be waking to the sustained attack it has been suffering for six years and is finally stirring in its own defense and responding, it bloomed.
We will find out this November if democracy’s response in our own country is too late, but either way, I will always consider this tree to have been planted in honor of Secretary Madeleine Albright from this day forward.
May our country likewise return to the full bloom of its democratic ideals before it is too late.