I do love me a sunflower. I have always loved them. Even though I am allergic to them. To me they mean summer, sun, beauty, light, happiness. But did you know that in their early stages they will follow the sun from sunrise to sunset? I did not. Or that as they mature, they face East? Neither did I.
On highway 395 from Spokane to Deer Park, there are several sunflower farms. Every time I drove out, to visit dad, I would stop and take pictures from the road, but I always thought they were just fickle. One time they were all facing this way and one time that. I had no idea they followed the sun.
I always thought sunflowers were beautiful, but did you know that the yellow petals are one flower and the fuzzy brown centers are actually individual flowers? ME NEITHR !!! There can be as many as 2,000 little flower in what I used to think were just the seeds that I loved to eat.
What I have always known is that sunflowers are amazing. They are native to the Americas (I am too). They are used to feed, to heal, and to bring light to someone’s day.
“I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” – Unknown
In honor of this majestic plant, I created my own version of a sunflower for my grand-daughter. I hope you enjoy.
“look at its shape, with vibrant yellows and oranges, a sunflower can brighten your day…it’s as if it is smiling like a happy face painted on the sun…so if you do only one thing all day, let it be to smile, so you can brighten the day of others around you, just like the sunflower”