I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found daisies to be cheerful flowers. I took the picture below well over a week ago, but I kept waiting for just the right time to use it. I thought I had to have good news or experience a day where everything seemed to go my way, like in the song, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah. In that way, the daisies would seem appropriate. Well, that “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” day hasn’t come. And since we’ve experienced a ton of thunderstorms in my area lately, I was convinced that a daisy photo didn’t seem fitting; therefore, I needed to save the photo until I’d reached a “daisy-worthy” day.
Ever do that—save stuff for when you think you’ll find an occasion worthy enough for it? I’m reminded of my mom who only used her best plates on special occasions. But that changed after one of her closest friends died of breast cancer. Mom realized that life was too short to save the good plates for a so-called special occasion. With life as precious as it is, every day is special.
Not my mom’s china pattern
So, with that in mind, I decided to go ahead and run the photo. If you take a closer look at it, you’ll see a fly on the capitulum of one of the daisies. (Please don’t be impressed that I know what that is. I Googled, What is the center of a daisy called? There. That knocked me off that pedestal.) I didn’t realize the fly was there until I snapped the picture. I took another photo, thinking that the fly ruined the first photo. Yet the fly’s presence reminded me of what life is like sometimes. Instead of a daisy day, where everything seems cheerful, sometimes there’s a fly on your capitulum (or in the ointment if you were waiting for that idiom to be used). People irritate you. Your child becomes ill. Your paycheck’s late or you’re laid off. Your dog needs expensive medication. Flies in the ointment.
Maybe you’re having a day like that now, a day coated with sadness or irritation. Instead of one fly, maybe a swarm has come your way (or mosquitoes). So my wish for you to have a “daisy of a day” might seem insane. But I can still wish for that—that you would find hope and cheer despite your present circumstances.
If you’re having a daisy of a day without my having to wish for it, do someone a favor today. Don’t wait for a special occasion to celebrate that person (like a birthday or an anniversary). Do it now. Make today a daisy of a day for someone who might need it more desperately than you know.
Have a great fourth of July!
China plate from collectable-china.co.uk. Smiley from ncv.unl.edu/woodlab.