Friday, February 19, 2010

I wish that I could come back as a flower

If you could be a flower, which one would you choose and why?

I like tulips. They're beautiful, indeed. And they're my wife's favorite. That and hydrangeas. Roses are another excellent choice, especially the fragrant ones. But if I had to choose, I think I would side with the blossom on a fruit tree, like an apple blossom. Because it becomes something more than just a visually stunning display of gentle, fragile natural beauty-- it becomes nutrition. It becomes food. It metamorphesizes over the course of its lifetime, transforming from a beautiful flower to a nutritious fruit. Much like the catepillar and the butterfly, only the apple brings forth and gives life to those who eat it. It gives its life to us, as a favor. For bringing forth the conditions for it and all nature to prosper. Nature doesn't need us to intervene and save it; it will do just fine without us. But it thanks us for good deeds, fuels our imagination and our very life source.

Now that I think of it a bit more... I think I'd want to be a sunflower. Follow the sun from dusk to dawn all day... feed the birds, and whomever else wanted my extra seeds... and have my children sprout all around where I grew up, right there where I take my final breath. Some children would catch a ride in a bird's mouth and end up a distance away, but they would still sprout in the next growing season. And in my youth, I would be a beautiful flower, with a dark center and glorious yellow petals. Yes, that would be great. Then I could watch the sun as it does its thing, as Louis Armstrong sang: "That lucky old sun has nothing to do but roll around Heaven all day."


Deb said...

Very cool thoughts. I like the apple idea and the sunflower as well. Most importantly, I like the reference to the Great Satchmo.

Gerri said...

Interesting thoughts...I can't decide which flower I would want to be...maybe an almond blossom. I love the colors, the fragrance, and the nut!

Gerri said...

But, I am not ready to go just yet!