“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what the sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller
Little Miss A was already experiencing Sunday night blues. “Ma why do Sunday’s end so quickly”, the little one blabbered while getting ready to get into bed. “Why don’t Sundays come with a pause button, just like the ones we have on our TV remotes.” I quietly listened to her all this while. When she was finally done with her bathroom affairs, she climbed into the bed with a new storybook for the night.
“Come ma, please read this for me, I am very tired.”
I got into the quilt with her and instead of reading out the book to her, I opted to tell her a story. A story of not kings and queens, or princesses and not even the rebel girls, but a story about the sunflowers. Yes, the beautiful sunny bright yellow Sunflowers!
She was excited to hear the new story, sunflowers. She knew that these flowers are bright yellow with a big black centre. But what she did not know was that these flowers follow the sun. She was amazed and curious at the same time and started probing me with dozens of questions.
Sunflowers, as we all know, follow the sun. Did you know that one plant has only one flower? The young flowers exhibit a phenomena known as heliotropism – following the sun across the sky. These young flowers have a green mane and new leaves around them. They chase the sun from east in the morning to west in the evening and at night they again turn towards east. Isn’t that amazing! However, when they are in full bloom, and bear seeds they droop from their weight but still face towards the east, the direction in which the sun rises.
But amidst the story, I wanted to convey a strong message to my daughter. I told her how the sunflower looks towards sunshine and happiness, and similarly, she should also be happy. But when I asked her what happened to these flowers on a cloudy and a rainy day. She kept pondering.
“Maybe, they go off to sleep, or they take out their umbrellas.” And finally, she said, “I know, they become sad, just like me. Like I cannot go out to play in the rain, they also become sad as they cannot run after the sun. Right Ma, is this what happens to them?”
“Well, Miss A, on a rainy day they look at each other and share their energies.” She was amazed.
Then I told her, that there are happy days and there are sad days. On happy days we are full of energy but on sad days we droop and become the saddest person. Next time when there is a dull moment I want her to remember that she is like a sunflower, who knows that she has immense positivity and happiness within her and can light up her as well as anyone’s day.
When I was done with all the gyan, pat came her reply, “Ma, just like the sunflowers keep turning east to west and then back again, we also play and become happy. But on cloudy days when they turn towards each other for energy, please allow me to go over to my friend’s house so that we can share our energy as well!”
Me dumbstruck 😉
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