The daisy's name comes from the Anglo-Saxon "daes eage," or "day's eye," which refers to the way the flower opens and closes with the sun. The daisy is known as a symbol of childhood innocence and is said to originate from a Dryad who presided over forests, meadows, and pastures. Roman mythological legend tells us that the nymph Belides, as she danced with the other nymphs at the edge of the forest, caught the eye of Vertumnus, the god of the orchards. To escape his unwanted attention, she transformed herself into the flower bellis, which is the daisy's botanical name.
The message that daisies bring are of innocence, purity, and gentleness on behalf of both the giver and the receiver.
I'm completely distraught by some news I received today. A little boy from my son's school has been diagnosed with leukemia. The doctors here can no longer do anything for him, so the parents took him to the US, where an American clinic offered the only hope for survival. Money, of course, is the big issue, so we're all rolling up our sleeves and putting together a collection, with events and activities to raise enough money to keep the flame burning. Life can be a bitch. My heart goes out to these parents. I don't even want to imagine their pain.
My little boy is also coming down with something. He's got a runny nose and a slight fever. Nothing serious (knock on wood), but after hearing about this little boy that's enough to make a nervous wreck out of me.