In the past couple weeks, we've noticed a lot of these beautiful, delicate seed heads floating around on the breeze. They seem to be every where at once, flitting around on the wind, trapping themselves in spider webs and plants, begging to be caught and wished upon and released again.
I imagine that they are a universal part of childhood, that the act of catching them as they float by on the wind and making a Secret Wish is something that has been done all over the world, by many generations of children. I certainly vividly remember doing this as a child, and as with many other similar little rituals, I find myself instinctively passing it on to my own children.
cannot for the life of me remember what we used to call these seeds as
children, but I do remember them seeming very magical indeed and
related to fairies and the such like. In fact, for a while I may have
actually believed them to be fairies. Fairies who would float away and make secret whispered Wishes come true.
J tells me rather matter-of-factly that they're nothing whatsoever to do with fairies, but are in fact called "Sugar-Stealers", a name which I find comical and hard to take on board :: has anyone else heard this name for them??
Well, whatever they're called, Little Lady has loved chasing after these dancing, breezy seeds of late, trapping them in her hands, scrunching her eyes up tight and making all sorts of Secret Wishes. I just LOVE it how children always scrunch their eyes up when they make a wish, it just moves me so much to see it.
Whenever she makes a Wish, I always, without fail, ask her what she has wished for. And she always, without fail, refuses to tell me, as anyone with half a brain knows that Wishes simply do not come true if you tell.
But I always so badly want to know what her Wishes are. Like I really, really, really need to know. This goes beyond mild curiosity I'm afraid. I find myself totally desperate for the precious knowledge.
So one day, on a bright sunny afternoon, she comes racing in to show me she has managed to catch a sugar-stealer and is about to make a Wish. So I ask her if she can wait for me to go catch one as well, so that we can make a Wish together.
And it's easy to catch these things at the moment, cos like I say, they do seem to be everywhere.
So there we are, both with our own little seeds in our hands and about to make our own little Wish....and of course I ask her what she's gonna wish for. And of course she will not tell me.
So I say to her :: Looky here, I've an idea, why don't you tell me your Wish, and I'll tell you mine. And perhaps they won't come true cos we both told. But that's OK cos I can help you catch another and you can make a Secret Wish without telling me that time, and that one will come true I'm sure of it.
Like I say :: Desperate.
So she thinks on it, and decides it might work out.
I am kind of expecting it to be along the lines of wishing for a new Barbie doll. You know, a standard Childhood Wish.
But her Wish totally surprises and delights me. This is what she Wishes for ::
"when noone else is around I wish that the flowers in the garden will talk to me so that only I can hear what they are saying"
Have you ever, ever heard anything so cute and wonderful in all your life????
It was just magical, one of those precious moments that make Motherhood so completely glorious.
Edited to add :: if you'd like to know what my Wish was, you'll have to pop back on Thursday when all will be revealed xx