Cheers to another week of “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” at Haddon’s Musings, and you bet…I’m thanking the daisy. Okay by appearance the daisy isn’t really that grand of a flower. Its beauty is derived from its simplicity, at least that’s how I feel, or at least that’s what attracted me to the Gateway theme on WordPress–I thought, okay I like this layout. It’s clean, simple, and has an air of freshness about it. Sure theme picked, DONE, let’s move on.
Unfortunately, I selected the daisy’s symbolic imagery without really considering what it represents. I realized this when I recently thought I might change my layout; after all, I have increased my WordPress account to a premium which affords a nice variety of themes. Why not select another theme? However, before I made a hasty decision to transition to the perception of better, let me, at the very least, learn the meaning(s) of the daisy. After all, it has been representing my blog fo well…six months!
Symbolism Behind the Daisy (here’s the short version)
- Daisies symbolize innocence, purity, and love, and one look at the flower does lend a gentle nudge to this connotation. However, the meaning stems from a Celtic Legend. The legend speaks of parents and their heavy sadness that enveloped them upon losing their infants. In hopes to cheer the parents up, God sprinkled daisies over the earth.
- However, in Norse mythology, the daisy belongs to the goddess Freya who symbolizes love, beauty, and fertility. This brought forth the relationship between the daisy and childbirth, symbolizing motherhood and new beginnings.
- The daisy is also a sign of transformation and it arrived at this meaning through the Roman myth of Vertumnus and Belides. Vertumnus, the god of seasons and gardens, fell heavily for a nymph named Belides. She, on the other hand, was not so enamored with his lust. In order to escape his infatuation, she turned herself into a daisy. Thereby influencing the daisy to symbolize transformation,
- Finally, the daisy also represents true love by the sheer fact it is two flowers in one. The middle is called a disc floret and the outer petal is known as the ray floret.
After learning more about the daisy and its symbolic meanings, how could I deny we were meant for each other! My blog’s name is leadership2mommyship; honestly, the name was selected long before I began blogging. My life was changing. The short story is I decided to retire from my Air Force career to focus on being there–MORE–for my children. So in essence, I was transforming onto a new road of motherhood and new beginnings. And there you have it, I simply cannot give up on the daisy. Could you?
How does your blog symbolize who you are? Who and what might have encouraged your adventure onto the path of blogging. This week let’s share more about what our blog represents to us and feel free to leave your blog site in the comments. I am curious as to how we gave birth to our blogs. Let’s share our thoughts and be thankful. Cheers to the community of bloggers! After all, there is always a story to tell about our beginnings.