Sunday, 6 May 2007

A Stepmother

Do you know why the pansy has a bright yellow spot in the middle?

The purple petals represent the stepmother (bottom petal), her two daughters and her two step daughters. The four women sit around a bowl filled with porridge, and in the middle of the porridge there is a blur of rich, melted butter. Look close and you will see that only the mother and her two girls will get butter on their porridge. The step daughters must eat their porridge plain.

This story reminds me of the importance of sharing. Our garden is an open garden, not closed with fences or a hedge. And we want it so. Fell free to come and enjoy it.


Tracy said...

I always wondered what the story behind "stemors blomster" was!

see you there! said...

Pansy's are my Mom's favorite flower. I'll have to share your story with her.

There are no "steps" in our family, just my brother and I. I guess we'll all get butter, LOL!


Britt-Arnhild said...

Tracy - so you have learned the Norwegian name of the flower :-)

Darla - no steps in my family either and we love butter in the porridge

Karin said...

Lovely story. The Swedish name is Styvmorsviol. Province flower of Ångermanland.