Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do. ~Helen Keller
While Dirt Man and I were on a road trip we came upon a farm with sunflowers that stretched along side the fence line. I thought maybe the farm harvested sunflowers, but that seemed unlikely as the fields were not filled with them. Dirt Man surmised that it was just ground cover. What a beauty!
When I was a little girl, my babysitter’s husband (also my next door neighbors) grew a few sunflowers each year. He planted them on a hillside near the mailbox. Everyday when Mrs. Kidd and I would walk to the mailbox, she’d let me grab a hand full of seeds to take back to eat later. They would often find me sitting on that hill munching as many seeds as I could. So much for the birds, the intended recipients! His two or three orignal sunflowers increaded to about five or six in the following years, as he told me he was planting enough for both the birds and “his girl”
Everyone know that Black-eyed Susans are my favorite flowers with sunflowers running second. Recently, I had a birthday and both of my sons brought me flowers. Oldest brought me a mix of gladiolas which included purple ones (my favorite color). Youngest brought me sunflowers, Why did he get me sunflowers? Did he know that it was my second favorite and couldn’t get Black-eyed Susans? No, he knew it was one of my best friend’s favorite! I thought that was funny that he knew her favorite and not mine. Actually, she has them plastered in her kitchen so it’s kind of obvious, and I also have a quilted sunflower wall hanging in my kitchen that she made for me. At any rate, sunflowers warm my heart. They are simple yet pretty, and they’re hardy and useful.