Today I want to write about Wildflowers. The 2nd week of May is Wildflower Week, which is appropriate, since it’s also Mother’s Day on Sunday (mothers and flowers go together well).
When I lived in Las Vegas, I took a class on Wildflowers and we went out on field trips to study wildflowers in the springtime. My professor felt the desert had the prettiest flowers in all the world—the daintiest, most colorful and intricate when you study them up close. I’m not going to play favorites though, because I think ANY wildflower is amazing. I love the globe mallow, primrose and beavertail cactus flowers of the desert, but I love the plumeria and orchids of Kauai’s rain forests just as much.
When I hike, I’m always on the lookout for wildflowers! They make me happy! Wildflowers make me think that we, as people, need to blossom wherever we are planted too. Sometimes we might not like where we are in life—job, location, relationship, whatever—but like the seeds of wildflowers, we need to make the best of the soil where we are and blossom so that we can bring joy to others.
My mom is good at doing that! When I was little, she helped me learn to pick out the little joys in life—the moments that take your breath away. She helped me become aware of all my blessings—even when we had little at times—and I honor her for that. It’s a talent—her ‘wildflower legacy.’ I want to pass that gift on to my own kids.
Wildflowers remind me of my mom. She bloomed where she was planted and worked to bring joy to her family’s life and all others she’s come in contact with over the years. I think most moms are good at doing that!
So here’s to MOMS…and WILDFLOWERS! They are the BEST!
Take time out of your day, week, life to remember your Mom. Look for flowers that grow wild in your area, and pattern your own life after them (and maybe even pick some to give to your Mom if she lives close by). I love the spiky red paintbrush, but find that yellow daisy-like flowers show up best in the wild. Do you have a favorite wildflower? And what about your Mom? Has she left a ‘wildflower legacy’ and helped you find and appreciate the little moments in life? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
- Wild for wildflowers (randomthoughtsfrommidlife.wordpress.com)