Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sharing Your Memories: A Bouquet of Forget-Me-Nots

Sharing your memories is important so you are not forgotten. You have thoughts, feelings, opinions, experiences, and lessons that are valuable to others. I like to refer to these are your forget-me-nots. It reminds me of the German legend of the forget-me-not flowers.

This is my version:
Once upon antiquity, in a faraway land, a knight sat at the edge of the Danube River. Dressed in armor from head to toe, he was unbreakable, but his heart was soft for the love of his life. His thoughts were focused on her simple beauty and gentle kindness. 

The soft blue wildflowers that grew along the Danube caught his attention. He decided to pick a fistful for the maiden for whom he was smitten. The flowers were blue skies, each crowned with an amber star. He eyed a long, limp reed in the shallow of the water, so he stepped in to fetch his find. 

Suddenly, the heavens drew its shade. That made the wind angry, so it tiptoed behind the knight, grumbling and whispering its intent. As the knight bound the stems of the blue flowers with the reed, the wind grew wild and loud—so wild that it thrust the knight into the deep of the Danube. The knight fought the wind and the water to stay afloat. His metal fists held the bouquet ever so tightly. 

The knight continued to fight the wind and the water, but his strength could not save him.
The knight continued to fight the wind and the water, but his courage could not save him.
The knight continued to fight the wind and the water, but his love for his maiden could not save him. 

Just as he took his last breath, he saw his lovely maiden in the midst of the storm. He mustered enough strength to toss the bouquet to her and gasp, “Forget me not.”

Alfred Borchard, photographer 

From that day forward, these blue flowers--little blue skies crowned with amber stars-- have been known as forget-me-nots. People all over the world cherish these little flowers in remembrance of their loved ones whether they are away temporarily or have transitioned from life to death.

A flower is “the blossom of a plant” (Dictionary.com, para. 1), and we have all had blossoms in our lives. These are our forget-me-nots—little blue skies crowned with amber stars. And it is worth sharing these forget-me-nots with others because you are unique, extraordinary, and one of a kind.

How would you like to be remembered? This is the story in you. Share it.


Borchard, A. (2001-2009). FreeImages: Forget me nots. Retrieved from http://www.freeimages.com/photo/464611 (HAAP Media ltd, a subsidiary of Getty Images)

Dictionary.com. (2014). Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/flowers?s=t
Forget me not Cakes. (n.d.) The legend of the medieval knight. Retrieved from http://www.forgetmenotcakes.com/name.html

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