Sunflower

Writing Challenge: June 26, 2017

Prompt: Write about a flower that grows in an unusual place.

Why do the sunflowers grow along the roadsides? They grow there as if they were planted, and yet I know them to be wild. I’ve always loved them. Their deep yellow petals and nearly black centers always made me smile. I had seen their larger, more fair-faced cousins in Kansas, but something about these wilder-darker variety settled in my heart. My first summer in Utah, bitter and disappointed about the unexpected move, it was these wild flowers that first softened the blow. The school-board quote: “Bloom where you are planted” came to mind. They grow in the rocky, nutrient lacking soil of the desert in the hottest, driest months of the year- yet grow they do, lining the country roads with their sunny faces, resilient, tough, and beautiful.

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