My family and I went to Gulfport, MS. to offer aide in whatever way we could, two days after Hurricane Katrina blasted through. What was once the lives of people now littered the roads. People's treasured possessions, now cast offs. Long story short, The bucket was in the debris. It's owner gave it to me. She wanted nothing, absolutely nothing to do with anything that Katrina had touched. I accepted the bucket. To me, it is a reminder of new beginnings. That life goes on. Much like the survivors of Katrina. To me, it is special. It survived. I know it takes time. But time does heal.
And so, my special bucket of sunflowers.....
A little fact about sunflowers, that I found to be interesting, is that they turn their 'heads' to follow the sun. Thus the name, sunflowers. Today I came across this oh, so poignant quote that reveals some beautiful symbolism between ourselves and sunflowers as well as the important significance of joy (I thought this is very appropriate for Katrina's survivors, and the survivors of any circumstance):
"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows follow behind you." ~ Maori Proverb
Life is a blessing. May you find the sun today and in all your days!