Sunday, July 12, 2009

On Sunflowers

We're back from Spain and I can't wait to update on the experiences I had, both good and . . . not so great. I'm debating how to share, day by day or by experience. While I recover from jet lag and get my pictures and thoughts more organized I wanted to share the simplest but among the most profound experience I had on our trip to the south of Spain.

Sunflowers are my favorite flower and driving through Andalusia there were thousands of sunflowers blanketing the earth in yellow all around us. Except for one sunflower field. Stopping to see a forgotten castle on the side of the road I saw a sunflower field that made me catch my breath. It was a field of sunflowers like the others we passed except this one was scorched by the sun, heads downwards, leaves gone, their little bodies turning brown instead of the brilliant yellow I love. Every last sunflower dead. Except one. One sunflower in a sea of thousands, still alive and bright, its head up and facing the world despite the odds. The moment gave me chills and left me with thoughts long after I left it. Small miracles, they exist everywhere we turn. I pray for sunflower miracles in my life and yours.


Rozeena said...

can't wait to hear more about your trip. And that you made it back safely. :)

Tee said...

Wow. Thank you for sharing that. So symbolic and great photo. The other sunflowers seem almost human, with their heads bowed, solemn, and the yellow one is trying to stand strong.

I will remember this for a long time.

Aamina said...

What a beautiful post. I think I read this one just about 10 times, haha.

I'm still waiting on your pictures api!

-TLC :)

Anonymous said...

we came back from spain depressed. just because muslims got pummeled there, and it's all recorded, archived, and bragged about.

Aisha said...

Rozeena, :) glad to hear from you, hope your house settling in is nearly done!

Aamina, yes the pics are coming! I've been lazy :( I'm glad you liked my post.

Tee-, I'm glad it meant something to you, thanks :)

Anon- yeah but I had done a lot of research on it so was pretty prepared for that part of it. You're right it can be very depressing though. Still, its also awe inspiring ot me to consider what was.

mystic said...

good one!!

Anonymous said...

yes, we also read we knew what was coming. who wouldnt?? but when it's in front of you, it's definitely more of an eyeopener. loved cordoba. loved rhonda. liked grenada. didn't care for toledo, malaga, or seville

Christina said...

Salams! How are you? Glad to hear that you were able to take a nice vacation after the wedding festivities too! Keep in touch!

Anonymous said...


One flower, symbolic, metaphorical; yes indeed. We can find inspiration in many things if we look around with positive attitude. We must keep our hope alive and try to conquer despair and fear.

Well written indeed.

sadeya said...

Hey Aisha,
I know Spain can be an inspiring place despite what we know about some of the history - because alot of what is good remains and is well-perserved.

I didn't know you even went! Its great you found poetry in the sunflower!

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