Friends recently sent bouquets of flowers to my church in memory of my mom. Included with several kinds of flowers were these amazing sunflowers. They practically glow when the sun hits their petals.
The humble sunflower is a fitting tribute to my mom. It lacks the sophistication of many flowers yet has a simple beauty that is unmistakable. Though some consider it weed-like, its infectious spirit brings accolades from others. It is the Kansas state flower.
It keeps its face towards the sun; even as the sun shifts through the sky the sunflower follows it soaking in all the light it possibly can. Scientists call this tendency heliotropic. Thinking of this I realize my mother was a heliotrope.
(Originally shared in 2012, but posted again on Kansas Day 2018.)