It's that time of year again! Vons is carrying daffodils for three dollars or so a bunch. Because the climate here -- and the rabbits -- is not conducive to growing daffodils, I buy two bunches every two weeks, clip their stems, put them in a vase with a baby aspirin and put them on the patio table, where it is cool and where we can admire them until their days are over. Above is as they were more than two weeks ago.
Here they are today -- more than two weeks later! I will buy some more at the weekend.
At this time of year daffodils -- well perhaps a couple of weeks later, but not many -- daffodils bloom in the wild across the fields and meadows of the British Isles. They of course herald the coming of spring and are the national flower of WALES.
Daffodils have come to symbolize ST. DAVID'S DAY. Now there are those who would say the leek is the symbol of Wales.
Though I love leek soup, I have to say that the daffodil is by far the prettier of the two. However, the history of the leek is that during some long ago battle against the Saxons, all the Welsh soldiers were instructed by St. David to wear a leek in in their caps so they could distinguish friend from foe. So they raided the farmer's field nearby in which leeks were growing and they won a tremendous victory!
The confusion between the daffodil and the leek comes about because the same Welsh word 'cenhinen' is used for both of them.
ST DAVID is the Patron Saint of Wales. He was born about 500 A.D. and has several miracles to his credit. However one story tells of him owning a large sapphire which he gave to the Glastonbury Abbey and which Henry VIII (of many wives fame), confiscated at the time he separated the churches in England, from the Church of Rome. It is said that today, that sapphire can be found among the Crown Jewels of England, which may be seen at the Tower of London.
All this historical information is courtesy of Wikipedia.
WEDNESDAY'S WORDSIt is a favorite Welsh saying, attributed to St. David: "Do the little things in life." By this I think he means that if you are a caring and a humble person, you will do the little things in life, because taking care of the little things means that you will naturally take care of the big things. For a Christian it is so important that we watch our lives and our words and take care of the little things. "He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much". Luke 16:10