The beauty of a young flower, flush with fresh life in bloom catches the eye with ease. But a weed knows that every stage of life is as notable as the others and the beauty of a flower in bloom must compete with that of seedlings, fresh shoots, shredded stalks and roots. These gnarled weed fingers contain their good looks in their purpose as they curl away from the colored petals that have fallen to the ground, and as they curl, they spread wide and stretch the flower head to give the feathered seeds releasability. Like fireworks about to explode, this weed stemmed face shows us another side to beauty. They show us the value of life experience and hard work.
So if it is your birthday today, rejoice! And if you are no longer nineteen, your beauty has grown deeper and more nuanced as you have lived honorably, following your duty. You not only have the beauty of a nineteen year old, but you’ve added the depths of decades to your charming visage.
Please come back tomorrow for a new “Weed Image of the Day” and let me know which ones you like.
We and our weeds are so much more than what we first appear to be.