My life before simple A linear path filled with a fairly predictable routine Then, one hot summer day… The library presented an irresistible challenge Itching with anticipation! Waited for what seemed like eternity! The mission was to read 20 books! The reward? A yo-yo! The latest spinning craze Allowing gravity to unwind the string Lighting up the world of so many participating children Embarking the reading journey while “walking the dog around the world” 😉
Years later Just when I think the yo-yo has disappeared into the locked vault of yesteryear’s fads My serious concentration questioning employers at a cyber job fair was broken!
Genuinely smiling Filled with overwhelming nostalgia A blue yo-yo! Gleaming against the black tablecloth Idaho National Laboratory “You made my day!” Your motto? The energy of innovation! Indeed! 🙂
The delphinium flower once caught my attention during May one year when I was looking for potted flower for Mother’s Day. The blooms was in the shape of a pyramid and a beautiful shade of indigo. I like to arrange my own flowers but I get really inspired by various floral arrangements photos like this one from Home Depot: nearly natural silk flowers. Below are some fun facts and stories I found on the web.
Etymology & Uses
Its name is derived from the Greek word, Delphis, which means dolphin because when the flower is closed, the nectary resembles a dolphin’s nose.
West Coast Native Americans have used it to make blue dye.
European settlers used delphiniums made ink.
One ancient use was a repellent thought to drive away scorpions and parasites
According to Greek myth, Achilles mom requested that her son’s armor be given to the most heroic warrior during the Battle of Troy. Ajax, a brave warrior, was looking forward to receiving it. When the armor was given to Ulysses instead, Ajax felt dejected and killed himself by his sword. Small blue delphiniums sprung from his blood. Its petals were inscribed with letters “Ai” which means “alas” in Greek.
Edward Steichan was chief fashion photographer for Condé Nast productions which includes some of the top magazines in the world such as Vogue and Vanity Fair
Steichan was extremely passionate about delphiniums and was an active breeder who eventually became the President of the Delphinium Society of America
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Meaning & Symbolism
Meanings include openness to new experiences and overall positivity
Evoke feelings of joy, warmth and fun
Delphiniums are the perfect flower to gift someone who may be feeling down on life, and to encourage them to broaden their horizons in order to try out new experiences.
Symbolize cheerfulness and goodwill as well as a protective plant
Used to communicate encouragement as well as remembering dead loved ones
Delphiniums are also the official birth flower for July
Blue delphiniums symbolize dignity and are the most common color
White, pink and light blue delphiniums symbolize youth and renewal.
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