Why my affinity for the amaryllis flower?
You may have noticed I have a strong affinity for the amaryllis flower. It’s on my logo, I use it in many of my other graphics and I even named my publishing company Amaryllis Press. What’s the deal with that? Why the amaryllis flower?
Well, there’s a few reasons. One big one is exemplified by something that happened this week.
So, I am horrible with plants. Like my thumb is blacker than black. All you need to do is ask my sister or mother-in-law who try to give my plants some much needed TLC and resuscitation whenever they visit.
And yet, I have this beautiful amaryllis flower that somehow managed to bloom again this week for the third year in a row! Trust me, I thought this thing was deader than dead. I honestly can’t even remember the last time I watered it, and yet you’ll see below– it’s a beauty to behold at the moment.
But that’s the thing about amaryllis plants– they’re the heartiest flowers out there. They’re bred to withstand harsh climates, lack of light, neglect… and still come out better than ever!
Kind of like my protagonists, or honestly women in general. You can knock us down– but we’re never out!
Even the name amaryllis and symbolism behind it hold special meaning to this analogy. The amaryllis derives its name from the Greek word meaning- “to sparkle.” And the stunning flowers are believed to mean pride, strength and determination as they stand tall over all other winter blooms. Yes, they are one of the few flowers that bloom during the winter!
So, now do you see why I love the amaryllis flower? What better way could I represent strong, empowered women?
This got me thinking. Many of you met me and joined this newsletter list at one of my festival events. And one of my favorite things about those live events is getting to talk with you and hearing some of your stories. So many of you have shared incredible stories about the amazing women in your own families. Women who embody the characteristics of the amaryllis flower. I would love for others to hear your stories!
So, I’m going to add a section into my newsletter called The Amaryllis Women. I’d love for you to send in your family stories to me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us about the incredible women from your families! I’ll choose one or two to share each week. I can’t wait to hear your stories!
Have a great weekend everyone- and remember to sparkle! 😉
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