Saturday, March 08, 2014

Meet You at Jimmies on Tuesday!

The Daffodil is the official flower of March

The first of March is the astronomical  beginning of Spring.

But in the terms of "weather"we don't call it Spring until the arrival of the Vernal Equinox which occurs around March 21st.

But what the heck, let's call this Tuesday's luncheon at Jimmies in Mint Hill our SPRING LDL! 





 I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.  '


- William Wordsworth 




Jerry Gaudet has the details:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:30 AM
at "Jimmies" Restaurant in Mint Hill.
Please join us. Spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, bring someone with you! Be sure YOU, come!

The group will help send out Registration information for our upcoming 60th Anniversary Reunion to the entire class.  Be nice to your mail carrier. '

PS...Bring your camera and take some snapshots that your handsome and debonaire webmaster can share with our classmates who couldn't make it to Jimmies!

Thanks,

-Ed


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More than you want to know about the daffodil....compliments of that miracle called the internet:

Some regard the Daffodil as the symbol of regard. This flower is a Narcissus; however, all Narcissi are not Daffodils. The Greek Myth of Narcissus and Echo explain why this flower holds its drooping form. Narcissus was in love with Echo who, in the end did not return his love. He hid in a cave to escape his sorrow. Often, he would come out of the cave to check his reflection in the lake. Out of vanity, he desired a closer look at himself so he leaned in closer at the lake's edge, falling in. After he drowned, a Narcissus bloomed in his place. The flower's drooping head leaning over to stare at its reflection in the lake's water portrayed the vanity of Narcissus.
The Romans brought the Daffodil, also known as the Jonquil, back to Britain because it was thought that the flower's sap would heal wounds. Unfortunately, the sap of the Daffodil did little to heal wounds. In fact, it actually worsened wounds by irritating them further. The sap contained sharp crystals known as calcium oxalate, which protected these flowers against animals from eating them. This calcium oxalate is also the reason why Daffodils do not hold up well in flower arrangements. They cause other flowers in the arrangement to wilt. Although these flowers were not put to use as healing flowers, Daffodil roots proved useful during Greek times of famine. Their roots are edible (although the bulbs are toxic). Signified by a large trumpet nose surrounded by bright yellow, sunshine petals, the Jonquil is said to bring good fortune to those who do not step on them. As an enduring symbol of rebirth, Daffodils are often the first flowers to bloom during Spring.