Moments, Mothers, and Wildflowers

Hawaii_2 156Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away. (Author Unknown)

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.

IMG_6359When 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.

McCall 065Wildflowers 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!

Char

19 thoughts on “Moments, Mothers, and Wildflowers

    • You’re welcome. I liked your posts. Tomorrow I’m linking one of your irises ones to mine. Your garden/yard is gorgeous.

      • Thank you. I can’t take a lot of credit. Most of it was planted before we got here. We have spent a ton of hours clearing things out (primarily this awful invasive ivy). We’re still at it.

  1. I just love your blog. It’s so uplifting! Your pictures are always so beautiful, too!

  2. What a perfect analogy to our making the best of our life’s circumstances. Once again, you remind me to appreciate the beauty in everything, a real talent, indeed!

    • Thanks, Carrie. Did I hit a button on your site accidentally to send all your comments my way? I seem to be getting all your comments from your last Period post. It’s weird.

      • Yes, WordPress now makes it so you have to UNCLICK the button under the reply box if you don’t want everybody’s comments. Happened to me with several posts I commented on until I figured it out. So sorry you got inundated! I racked up quite a few emails myself before I caught on. 🙂

        • Crubin, I just ‘eavesdropped’ on your conversation with Char regarding the comment thread! I’m so glad to know it’s not me 🙂 Over the weekend I was bombarded with comments from all these posts that I had commented on and I thought I did something terribly wrong. My inbox has never been more stuffed! I’ll have to remember to take care of that from now on.

          • I’m finding that once I click this box, the next time I visit that person’s blog to comment on a new post, I no longer have to click it. It’s as though it has remembered my preference. But I still prefer the old way. 🙂

            • Aha, how strange and mystifying. Why on earth would they change it? Oh well, I’ll be keeping my eye on that little bugger.

              I agree, the other way was much better because it was one less thing I had to worry about. Oh well, I guess we can’t get spoiled.

  3. Char, what a lovely post honoring all moms around the world. I love wildflowers, too. My favorites as a kid were Queen Anne’s Lace and indian paintbrushes–they grew in the meadow behind my house. But I’m with you, all wildflowers in their natural habitat have their own unique beauty.

    • I got stuck on the ‘meadow behind my house’ image and felt a little jealous. Wah! I want a meadow behind my house. I actually have a pond and ‘sort of’ meadow behind me, but right when we moved in, the subdivision put up a wall to divide us off from the rural neighborhood. At least I can still hear the frogs at night. That’s cool.

  4. Lovely post, Char! And I good reminder that I need to order some flowers tonight for my mother since I won’t be visitinig over Mother’s Day this year! We’re currently renting, so I don’t have a garden, but when we owned before, I always focused on native flowers. The birds and bees were always happiest with them. 🙂

    • Thanks, JM. And the native ones grow without much work too. I don’t like ‘babying’ plants, so I stick to the native too (out of laziness and cheapness).

  5. Nonsense about the desert flowers being the best! That’s only when it rains the WHOLE winter and something decent actually grows in the desert. Your photos are a whole lot prettier than desert flowers I’ve seen!

    I love the California poppies here that bloom in the winter. They’re so colorful and pretty, and can pop up in the most unexpected places. When I was in France, I LOVED lily of the valley (and violets). We pick it up for May 1st (May Day) and the whole house smells beautiful!

    • Lily of the valley are nice! And I love a field of poppies. My grandma had those, and strangers would stop and knock on her door to ask if they could go on her lot and take pictures. The desert blooms we found in my class and studied under a microscope (they’re usually tiny), were very beautiful. The problem with them is that they usually pop up and are gone within a couple days.

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