In Lieu of upcoming Father’s day~
“Just look at this Earthly creation”. My father’s words are ringing in my head: “Who designed this beauty? Who is the creator? How did it appear on this planet all on its own?”
Did you know that this Sunflower is the Ukrainian national flower? We ate it as kids and still do eat its seeds as the crunchy snack? Do not wish to share it with birds or squirrels. It’s my, human snack!
I love it raw most of all. The yellow leaves can be eaten or brewed in tea. I love everything about this nature’s gift: the sun looking pedals, brightness it adds to the household and its nutty taste.
Funny memory comes up when Ukrainian middle school boys would run up to farmer market Babushkas, dig their little thief hands in the burlap full of roasted seeds, grab a full fist of black seeds and run for their lives. Phew. Glad I didn’t dare to do so. Paying 20 cents for a paper cup of freshly roasted sunflower seeds was satisfying enough.
My dad used to bring surprises home to me of fresh Sunflower heads. Stick them under the pillow and say that some magician sent that to me as a gift. I love my Papa and his little surprising edible flower gifts for me.
He taught me how to add sugar to the raw seeds and eat it as a desert. Oh, so yummy.
Perhaps the biggest gift he installed into me is the love of nature and constant sense of wonder.
Thank you, Papochka, for everything.
The Russian speaking friends will get that meaning 🙂
Happy Father’s day to all my dear friends.