In the grand history of a year, the Lily Era has always been one of my favorites! Right now the era is drawing to a close, and I'm enjoying my lilies, but ruefully eyeing the dwindling buds.
The other day, as I studied the beauty of the lilies, I spotted a strikingly spotted butterfly appreciating them as well!
Last week I made up a bouquet of flowers to take to an unfortunate soul who is spending long days in the hospital. Almost all of the flowers in the vase were lilies.
There is a nearby road that all throughout The Time of the Lilies sports a half-mile fringe of orange ones! I travel this road frequently, and every time I see this delightful throng of lilies it immediately makes me about five to seven percent happier!
Years ago, on this very date, (while the lilies were joyfully pushing open their new blooms every day) I birthed a new daughter. I chose for her what I considered to be a beautiful name, but I was not aware of its meaning until quite some time later.
I discovered that her name is:
"A female name, meaning 'lily,' or true beauty. It is derived from Σουσάννα (Sousanna), the Greek form of the Hebrew Shoshannah, which is derived from the Persian shoshan, or 'lily.' "
I was tickled pink! (I have no pink lilies, but pink ones are lovely, too )
The lily (as you may have astutely guessed, Dear Reader), is one of my favorite flowers.*
*Just as Elder Daughter is one of my favorite daughters!**
**Happy Birthday, Dear Suzanna!