So, I got a tattoo. Yep. I’ve been thinking about it for almost 10 years, maybe a bit more. Two of my old co-workers and I used to talk about it a lot. But then I got pregnant, and, well… things changed. Like my body.
But I found myself in Seattle, on vacation, and all around me were inked people, and I got the idea again. And my husband, who used to balk at the idea, suddenly found it kind of sexy, and well… here I am, 24 hours later, with a tattoo.
So, what did I get? Girasole. Tournesol. In other languages Sunflower means Follow the Sun. Literally.
Why did I get a sunflower? Well, sunflowers are the “happiest” flowers, apparently. I need to remind myself to be happier in life. Second, they literally follow the sun. If you know me at all, you know I have seasonal affect, and get very depressed in gloomy weather. Sunny days make me happy. If I could, I’d follow the sun, too.
So, there’s the short story. Maybe someday I’ll explain it all in more detail. Suffice it to say, I like it, and I don’t regret it. Here it is:
And just because I like to be thorough… here’s some more information on our friend, the sunflower.
While their distinctive and brilliant appearance makes it easy to see why sunflowers have long held our fascination, when they were first grown in Central and South America, it was more for their usefulness (providing oil and food) than beauty. And perhaps this unique combination of striking beauty and utility is, in part, why sunflowers have appeared as such revered symbols throughout the ages.
It’s said that the natives of the Inca Empire worshipped a giant sunflower, and that Incan priestesses wore large sunflower disks made of gold on their garments. Images of sunflowers were found in the temples of the Andes mountains, and Native American Indians placed bowls of sunflower seeds on the graves of their dead. The Impressionist period of art is famous for its fascination with the sunflower, and this striking flower remains today a commonly photographed and painted icon of uncommon beauty.
The 3rd wedding anniversary flower and the state flower of Kansas, sunflowers turn to follow the sun. Their open faces symbolize the sun itself, conveying warmth and happiness, adoration and longevity.