Time to join in with Friday Fictioneers.
Here is the photo:
Here is the fiction:
Genre: Realistic fiction
Word Count: 100
Title: Like the Loopin’ Lady”
“So Mrs. Smith, you bring this nature display to hundreds of schools?”
“It’s beautiful! It’s like we get to touch the sea. You’re like the loopin’ lady.”
“She means Miss Rumphius,” Latisha chimed in. “She lived by the sea and had to heal up. Then she made the world more beautiful by planting Lupine seeds everywhere. Our teacher said we all could make the world more beautiful – with little things we do.”
“You’re teacher is right. And today, each of you brought a splash of beauty my way. Sometimes we get touched by beautiful things we cannot see.”
When I saw the featured photo this morning, It reminded me of how sometimes little displays like this bring a splash of the ocean to people. I almost wrote about how we should not collect some artifacts because items need to be left in their natural habitat. But then I flash backed to some of the nature centers I used to teach at and I could recall student awe when they would see simple nature displays.
I also was thinking of this purple flowering ground cover I have on the side of the house (it came up while comment talking with Joey) – and then Su Leslie shared some of her neighbor’s blooms and it reminded me how flowers make the world more beautiful for everyone – even if they are in someone else’s yard.
Then my thoughts wandered to this wonderful children’s picture book, Miss Rumphius, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney (1982). It is about a lady who lived by the sea – she healed her back – then she was inspired by Lupines in her window. And then she “sewed lupines all around.”
And then my fiction unfolded with Mrs. Smith and a small group of students
Here are some of the lines I love from Miss Rumphius:
“The flowers she had planted the summer before had come up and bloomed in spite of the stony ground. She could see them from her window. Blue and purple and rose-colored”
“After a hard winter, spring came. And she was feeling better.”
“You must do something to make the world more beautiful.”
Video with the author reading this book is here
Now of course you know I am going to remind us all to remember that we can (and do) make the world more beautiful with the little things we splash around and share.
With a smile, through our work, and sometimes with dropping seeds or actually cultivating plants.
But I also want to expound on Lupines a bit.
As simple as this flower looks – and as easy as it spreads – it is very unique because the Karner Blue butterfly relies solely on this plant for survival. This stood out to me because it reminded me of our individual worth and appeal. Sometimes our lives only touch a few people – we are not all (some of you reading might be) but a good many of us are not these overly-popular and high-power society people (yawn) – but the lives we DO touch – well it matters greatly – and let’s celebrate that.
But wait – there’s more!
Did you know that Lupine grow best in sandy soil and they thrive after a forest fire clears out some of the forest canopy so that just the right amount of light can enter. That reminded me of how life’s trials can seem so taxing and they often leave a big dent (like a forest fire can do…) but many times that trial was the exact thing needed for growth and individual habitat enrichment.
Let’s all remember that – there are many things going on in our life that can LEAD to good.
Let’s find the beauty, share the beauty, and remember that sometimes the “not so beautiful” (the shitty stuff) can later lead to some pretty awesome growth (and maybe even more gratitude).
Side note on Beauty – Bjorn wrote a magnificent post about beauty HERE