Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Yesterday or The circle of life

"“My poor flowers are quite dead,” said little Ida, “they were so pretty yesterday evening, and now all the leaves are hanging down quite withered. What do they do that for,” she asked, of the student who sat on the sofa; she liked him very much, he could tell the most amusing stories, and cut out the prettiest pictures; hearts, and ladies dancing, castles with doors that opened, as well as flowers; he was a delightful student. “Why do the flowers look so faded to-day?” she asked again, and pointed to her nosegay, which was quite withered.

“Don’t you know what is the matter with them?” said the student. “The flowers were at a ball last night, and therefore, it is no wonder they hang their heads.”

“But flowers cannot dance?” cried little Ida.

“Yes indeed, they can,” replied the student. “When it grows dark, and everybody is asleep, they jump about quite merrily. They have a ball almost every night.”"

This is the beginning of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "Little Ida's Flowers". I love Andersen's tales. They speak of love, death, triviality, life, and this is one of my favorites. In case you don't know the tale - Ida watches the flowers dance at night and hears them telling her doll Sophy who attends the ball as well that they want to be buried in the garden, so they can wake up next summer and be more beautiful than ever. Sophy fails to give the message, but Ida remembers it, makes a little coffin from a paper box and goes out to bury the flowers together with her two cousins who give them the last tribute by firing their crossbows over the grave.

I have found flowers that won't wither in some team shops. They will dance with you, during the day or at night ... enjoy them.

Real daisy necklace - ivory/sterling silver/apatite by MC Stoneworks

Daisy chain earrings by C-My Designs

Double flower power Sterling ring by Meredith Hilt Designs

A very special thank you goes to Judy Stalus Photographs. Her beautiful photograph called "Yesterday" actually inspired me for this post.

By Cat's Wire

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mcstoneworks said...

Lovely story and pretty examples of flowers that will last forever.

galadryl said...

Where do you get your lovely ideas from Cat? You are the master when it comes to writing posts. Very nice story and lovely jewelry. Thank you for cheering me up.

Judy Stalus said...

A great post and your blog is beautiful, I'll have to come and visit.
Thanks for including my photo here.

Carole said...

I am a fan of Hans Christian Andersen's stories, but I have never heard that one. Thank you!

BeadSire said...

I love your posts, this is a beautiful story and fabulous selections to compliment it.

Alegria Designs said...

Yet another lovely story and great examples to illustrate it!

Cassie said...

Wonderful post and wonderful picks to go with it! All so very well done!

faeriiidust said...

Lovely story & post!