Fridays with Susan (on Saturday this week).
Once upon a time, many years ago, we lived in Beeton. Our lives were full of princesses. We have five daughters, after all. At that time, though, there were still only four, but I digress. That Jorie came along years later, with three boys in between and when we had moved on to the house we're in now, has nothing to do with the story... (though she had her share of daisy chains too).
One of our daughters, Christy (# 2) has a birthday in June. And so does her lifelong friend, Jenn. They've been friends since kindergarten, and so have their moms.
In June, birthday month, the daisies are in bloom. Living in a semi-rural environment, there was no shortage around our house. The girls would bring me handfuls of them picked from the un-mowed road allowance that ran by our house. Daisy stems are long and thin and quite strong. Perfect for braiding into chains.
One afternoon I remember sitting on the front porch watching the kids at play around me. Daisies started coming my way in little fists and I had collected quite a bouquet. Somewhere in the recesses of my mind was the phrase "daisy chains". I'm sure it was from a book somewhere - or books. I used to love those Victorian age novels that were filled with virtuous young heroines who seemed to spend their young lives making daisy chains and having their characters built.
Anyway, I figured it couldn't be that hard to make something of all these daisies and I began to braid them together, adding in one daisy after another until there was a long enough chain to circle it into a crown. I soon ran out of daisies, and sent the girls on a mission in search of more. And more, and more. They went further and further afield, running back periodically to add their contributions to the daisy crown project. I'm not sure how many I made that day, but there was one for each little princess - and each of their friends.
On Facebook the other day, I noticed an old photograph on Jenn's account, along with a memory significant enough in her mind to share with the world. The world of Facebook, that is.
Jenn added this comment underneath the photo: "