Ruth E. Gibson
When you look at a daffodil there are lots of things you notice (and you can ask and get responses.) Almost no one ever notices the little withered brown bit at the base of the flower.
But it's really important. When the daffodils come up the ground is still pretty hard and there is sometimes cold and snow. So at first the daffodils have a tough green skin protecting their blossoms. After it gets warmer, the daffodil doesn't need this protection, and it shrivels and dies. Often in our lives, just as for the daffodil, some part of us has to shrivel up and die so that some new part of us can grow and give beauty to the world. Oddly enough, though, the dead shriveled up part of a daffodil doesn't fall away.
There are two things we can learn from a daffodil, to help ourselves and each other:
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Last updated on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
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