In looking at this a child said it was a birthday flower.
So I asked what made them think so and they pointed to “candles” in the middle of the flower.
A comparison I never would have thought of but seems so appropriate when viewing things through the eyes of a child.
It’s been a game of sorts to ask children what do they see when looking at a photo such as this, I think it cultivates their power of observation and imagination- the inclusivity and letting them know you are interested in their opinion serves to strengthen bonds and a sense of well being in addition.
They may know the candles are actually stamens depending on their age without fully understanding their purpose, but it would be a drab world for children and adults as well I believe if we restricted ourselves at all times to a strict literal interpretation of all things.
Art, literature, music, theater, photography, even poetry would become rigid and sterile.
A birthday flower? yeah, that works for me.
We enter into this world with nothing, and that is exactly how we will make our exit, in consideration of that we should understand our role is more one of stewardship and a generational legacy.
We should conduct ourselves as caretakers toward the environment, in relationships, and especially with children who are the future and place their trust in us.