Childhood Daisy Chains

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 7th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Making daisy chains was a favourite childhood experience during the summer. I can't help wondering if children still take the time to make daisy chains.

Lazy Summer Days

When did you last sit on a patch of grass amongst a cluster of daisies? For most reading this, it is probably quite some time, with memories having to stretch the long road back to childhood.
For many of us, growing up was simple. Time stretched lazily before us as we enjoyed the summer sunshine. Above us the sky seemed eternally blue, with only occasional clouds floating by like soft clumps of cotton wool. There wasn't much to do and we had all day in which to do it.
Whether in the school playground or our own home back yard, we made the most of our environment. And, part of that environment was the daisies poking their white heads up between the blades of green grass.

Daisy Chains

Having been introduced to daisy chains as a young girl at school, I was determined to make my own. I searched the overgrown grass in my backyard, picking only those daisies that had stems long enough to link together in a chain.
Having gathered a bundle together, I chose a spot right in the middle of the lawn, where the sun blazed down. I felt like a princess, in the centre of my own domain. One by one, I used my fingernail to pierce a slit, through which the next daisy could be threaded.
Patience was called for as I worked my way through my pile of daisies, making sure that each connecting link was going to stay in place. Eventually I decided, the length of my chain was sufficient and I tried on the daisy chain for size.

Fit for a Princess - or a Queen

Wearing my first independently constructed daisy chain, I danced around the lawn. I was a princess, invited to the handsome prince's ball. I danced in my bare feet and held my arms high to the sun. I imagined a whole field of daisies dancing like princesses with me.
But this was no ordinary daisy chain. This was the first I'd constructed on my own, without the help of my friends. This daisy chain was far too precious to be worn by a mere princess. This chain was fit for a queen.
I raced inside and begged my morther to bend down, as I placed the daisy chain over her head and around her neck. Her smile was reward for the time spent in making it and she wore it around her neck for the rest of the day.

When Childhood was More Simple

Making daisy chains was a favourite childhood experience of mine for many years. Time was forgotten as I went about the task and a whole afternoon could easily be filled.
I can't help wonderifng, do children of today make daisy chains? Are they given enough freedom in how to spend their time that they can lose themselves in this simple activity?
Do modern children even appreciate the simplicity of nature such as in making a daisy chain, or is such an activity now considered boring or time wasting?
Childhood was once more simple than it is now. We were expected to find our own simple, no cost pleasures. The memories of making daisy chains have remained with me all my life.

This memory was inspired by the poem of Delicia Powers, I'd Gladly Be a Daisy.

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Childhood, Daisy Chains, Memoir, Personal Stories, Summer

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author avatar Val Mills
Self-published writer, coffee drinker, enjoying life. Also found at
writingyourstories.wordpress.com and http://downatthebaths.blogspot.co.nz/

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author avatar Eunice Tan
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Very lovely. Daisy & chilhood

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Val so perfect... I too have such memories and soo cherish this article ...thank your wonderful link...Just a beautiful page thanks for the fond memories:0)

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author avatar Buzz
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Another great article and star page, Val. Right on.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
10th Jan 2012 (#)

I never knew about this before.

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author avatar ittech
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Wonderful

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author avatar Denise O
10th Jan 2012 (#)

I remember making daisy chains and also watching my daughter make them as well. What a lovely memory you have just provided me with. Just a sweet page. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Randy Duckworth
10th Jan 2012 (#)

What a lovely childhood memory! Thank you so much for sharing!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Hi Val, great share about your childhood. Didn't quite now what a daisy chain was and took a look at your Wikihow page.Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Jan 2012 (#)

I used to make daisy chains when I was a kid. And put the chain in my hair. Little hippy, I was!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Jan 2012 (#)

P.S. Great star page. Congrats.

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