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Blossom! Grow!

Posted Jun 22 2012 12:00am
May our heart's garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

About 14 years ago some friends and I formed an email group, we referred to as our "garden" of friends. We picked flower nicknames for ourselves. Christa, always one to tell it like it was, became Snapdragon, sometimes referred to by me as Snappy. Sara, always a ray of sunshine, became Sunflower, or Sunny. Alisun, who couldn't make up her mind to focus on one flower became Alisunlilyfairyfirefly. Karrie, who wanted to be a little different from us all, was Karrot. Lauren, my close friend to this day even though we have never met in person, became Wildflowyr.
And I became Daisybee. Because, as Snapdragon put it, "daisies grow through cracks in the sidewalk". And as Ali put it, "you might be a busy bee, but eventually you're going to get stung in the ass." And I liked daisies and bees. In fact I was a bumblebee for Halloween once when I was about two. So, hence, my nickname.

Later, some of us in the garden created Sick Chicks and Twisted Sisters, a group for advocacy and support of women and girls with disabilities, because we all had chronic illness like Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, and that was how we met online.

Then, things fell apart. The friendships mostly ended. I lost my mind. But today, Lauren is a photographer and freelance writer, and also still my Wildflowyr friend.

So, I post this flower video to encourage you to blossom, each in your own way.

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