For Mother

It’s Mother’s anniversary today – eleven years on.

She adored poppies and this one was in her garden.

She gave us an undying love for nature which I see as one of the most precious gifts any parent can give a child.

Long before anyone was talking about mindfulness, she had us engrossed in our little plots in the garden, lost in the joy of bird-watching, merged with the moods of the sea, enraptured by fleeting rainbows….

Yes, she ensured that her presence would live on through natural beauty and it is a presence that never fails to make me smile.


Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

13 thoughts on “For Mother”

  1. I have a book on wild flowers and the description of the Poppy is …”All silk and flame; a scarlet cup…like a burning coal fallen from Heaven’s altars…No sparing of color anywhere–no outside coarseness–no interior secrecy.” ..An interesting fact that corn poppies thrive in soil that has been freshly turned because the seeds need light to germinate..This is the sad reason why they flourished in the battlefields of France during and after World War I..The ground had been churned and turned by artillery and battles. The Poppy seeds now exposed to the light germinated by the millions. Forever after the red corn poppy seeds are associated with war..Thus on Memorial Day ..Red Poppies are sold as a remembrance…They are a very delicate flower as the petals fall away freely…I imagine there was a special reason that your Mom loved Poppies…

    1. Thanks for these insights into the symbolism associated with poppies. They are part of remembrance here too.
      Yes, special for Mother as her beloved double first cousin was killed in action and in World War 2. He was like a brother to her as they spent huge amounts of time together.

    1. Hi Christine,
      Thanks for writing. I had never known about the red and black aspects of poppies before. They are such beautiful flowers – tough yet apparently delicate.

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