Don’t Forget The Daffodils


Early this year, I sat down and considered some new goals.  I had a terrible thought that I would hate to get through this pandemic without just a little bit of learning and enrichment.  One of my goals was to familiarize myself with a new poem each day. Now I'm not typically a poem(y) kind of guy, but I have always admired that my father had memorized many poems throughout his life and that he was able to find application with, and would often quote at will. Another of my goals has been to slow down and begin smelling the proverbial Spring flowers.

Over the weekend, my poem of choice was a William Wordsworth classic, "I wandered lonely as a cloud."  Yesterday, I read it again…and again today, reflecting upon its words and meaning over and over again.  I fell asleep last night with the thankfulness of Springtime on my mind.

"I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed—and gazed—but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils."

Today, while sitting in my home office surrounded by windows, my thoughts wandered lonely as a cloud, thinking about the blessings of the Spring day that saw 70 degrees yesterday with snow today. Then in front of me, the scene that the poet, Wordsworth envisioned as he penned the poem appeared on a much smaller scale but made me smile nonetheless. Beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze! I smiled as I looked out the window and saw new daffodils that had just bloomed outside in our flower garden.  I went outside and took a picture.  Others might have wondered what I saw that they didn't that would make me stop snap, and then reflect while standing in the cold.

Did you know that in the Victorian era, daffodils represented chivalry, making these springtime flowers, the perfect bouquet for a gentleman to offer a lady? Today, however, daffodils represent hope. In Wales, bestowing someone with a bouquet of daffodils is thought to bring happiness and hope into the home. May your home be full of the scent of happiness and hope, and may you find beauty in this season of nature, and in this season of personal hope and promise. We will get through this, but until then...don't forget the daffodils.

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