Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News

Hi, everyone. The Center is still closed and will remain closed until further notice.

I have three riddles for you this week: What flower is a dairy product and a dish, a country with many cars and a cow’s mistake?

The Jackson County Commission on Aging is still serving meals three days a week. Meals will be available at the senior centers and delivered for Meals on Wheels Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Frozen meals will be given out on Thursday for Friday and Monday.

May has arrived. The birthstone for May is an emerald. The two Zodiac signs for the month of May are Taurus and Gemini. People who are born in May are more likely to achieve higher success and more love in their life. I would like to send out Happy Birthday greetings from the Center to members Lena Wolford, Ruth Henthorn, Janet Stocksdale and Carolyn Marks. I hope you enjoy your special day this month and that you experience success and love in your life!

May is also the month of flowers. It is the month that many flowers spring forth from the earth. Wildflowers grow on their own, without our help. You find them along roadways, on hillsides, in the shady woods, along creek banks and along the shores of lakes.

Dutchman’s breeches have little dangling two-legged blooms that look like pairs of pants hung out to dry.

Forget-me-nots are little clusters of sky-blue flowers. They were named from a romantic floral legend. A German knight gathered blue flowers for his lady love along the banks of the Danube. He scurried down the bank to gather the flowers just as a flash flood roared down the river. As he was swept away forever, he tossed the bouquet to his lady and shouted, “Forget me not!”

Daisies grow in clusters in the woods and fields. Pick off the petals one by one to see if he loves you or loves you not.

One of my favorites are Black-Eyed-Susan flowers. They brighten roadsides and meadows with their dark orange petals on top of their long stems.

Purple Sweet Williams bloom in the woods just waiting for you to pick and arrange in fragrant bouquets. When I was young, they were my favorite flower to pick and present to my mother. She placed them in a jar of water and the room smelled so sweet.

Dandelions grow in meadows and lawns. The bright yellow flowers form feathery white parachutes with seeds that the wind carries. If you blow a seed head, the number of seeds remaining are the number of children you will have.

Violets blossom in shady, sheltered woodland areas and in yards. The tiny flowers make lovely little bouquets to place in small vases.

Jack-in-the-Pulpits resemble a minister standing in a pulpit. This plant loves to sprout up in the shady woodland floor. When I was a child, I loved coming upon these unique flowers in the woods.

May Apples have a cup-shaped flower that hides beneath two large, umbrella-like leaves.

Bluets are tiny, delicate, blue flowers.

The official flower for the month of May is Lily of the Valley.

What is your favorite wildflower?

I leave you with the following verses:

Isaiah 40:8 — The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Psalms 23:2 — He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psalms 23:3 — He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Answers to riddles: Buttercup, Carnation and a Cowslip!