Dear Friend from the Past,
I wish I knew your name, but I never had the opportunity to meet you. You lived on a homestead farm along Highway 16. Your house is gone now. (I wonder if it was still there in the 1950’s when I was born.) All that is left is an old cistern where you drew water when you planted daffodils one spring. I imagine you carrying a full bucket of water to pour over the red Oklahoma dirt beside your gate where you had decided to place the bulbs.
Cows and horses now graze in pastures nearby and the wind sweeps across the grasses- uncut where once wagons slowed to see the bright flowers that spelled spring to their hearts. I know you loved those earliest blooms. I know they encouraged you, but I’ll bet you never thought that someday after your house and barn had been bulldozed for pasture, those flowers would keep growing and spreading and encouraging.
Many cars and trucks pass by your old home place every day now. Some drivers notice the yellow flowers waving in the spring breezes. I am one of them. I know you were busy. I know you were hard working and had children to care for, chickens and farm animals to feed, eggs to gather, and bread to bake. Yet, you took time to plant.
I love the legacy of daffodils left behind by you mothers before us. I envision the garden gates, the storm cellars, and front steps of houses now gone, of women now gone, of families now gone. I wonder what life was like for you pioneers and I presume that you were happy people, because you planted daffodils.
Every spring the daffodils still bloom and it is a glorious sight. I wish you could see them. I wish you knew that I pull off the road and walk back through the grass to pick bouquets of the slender green stems and lemony trumpets. They are the symbol of spring to many. To me, they are the perfect picture of hope. You planted them in hope for future springs you were looking forward to. They bring hope still.
Thanks, Friend, thanks so much.
Love you, Elece