#FWF Free Write Friday: Childhood Gift
I still remember my best childhood gift. A sleeping doll with a soft green dress!
She was so beautiful I could not keep my eyes from her. When I held her in my arms, like a baby, she would close her eyes. Then when I held her up-right she would look at me with bright blue glassy doll’s eyes.
In 1952 my family moved to South Africa from the Netherlands. It was in the beginning of February when the journey started. My 6th birthday was going to be on the ship!
Next door to our home lived two sisters who, to me as a nearly six-year-old, looked very old. They were our neighbors and my parent’s friends. A day before our departure they came over and told me that they had a present for me because they won’t see me on my birthday later in February. I opened my present, and guess what? In the box, all dressed up was this most beautiful doll. Her body was soft and her head, hands and parts of her legs were made from porcelain . Her face was beautifully painted and then those blue glass eyes! I will never forget her eyes. She even had on some white shoes and socks
I really loved this doll so much. I never like to give it to my sisters to play with. A year or two later my older sister played with it outside. She forgot to bring it in and the dew ruined my pretty dolls face. She was never the beauty again.
Dandelions are sunshine flowers. They remind me of full sunshine and warmth.
They grow everywhere, in grazing fields, on lawns, in splits and narrow spaces.
Their tiny yellow petals form a tightly packed rosette. At first the plants green leaves appear as soon as they had a bit of rain and sun shine. Then the flower heads appear. A long slender stem pushes the flower out and up in the open. The bud opens and shows its yellow face to the world and the sun.
Bumble bees love to collect nectar from the dandelions.
We, human beings, love to destroy them because they are weeds that can invade a whole field or lawn.
At the end of the flowers life it forms a puff-ball with small seeds at the end of each feathery stem that looks like a parachute. When the wind blows and the seeds are ready to be sown, they will float on the wind and fly away. They will land in another patch or field far away from the mother plant.
As soon as the weather and climate has the right temperature they will germinate in a new place.
Sometimes it looks as if they grow overnight to form their new flowers and seed balls.
Across the road from where I live is a patch with dandelions. There were many flowers till yesterday. Yesterday the owner cleared the patch and at the moment there are no dandelions anymore. Giving it a week or two, and they will be back showing their flowery faces again.