I went to a sunflower field this past week and the beauty of that flower got me thinking. When you look up the meaning behind the Sunflower you get many definitions. I thought that it all perfectly symbolized motherhood as well.
Loyalty “is a strong feeling of support or allegiance.” This represents the sunflower because of “the strong bonds between two people, as represented by the strong and upright stem”. From the very moment our baby is conceived we become it’s mother. You have your body providing the needs for their body while they grow and get ready to make their appearance into this world. Once they arrive we are loyal to their needs 24/7.
Longevity “is long existence or service.” This represents the sunflower, “since most varieties stand in full bloom for months on end during the hottest days of summer”. Us mothers dedicate our lives to our babies, from day one to the end of time. We continue being their mother even in the most troubling moments of our lives.
Nourishing “is care for and encourage the growth or development of”. This represents the sunflower since the sunflower produces an abundance of edible seeds. Our babies depend on us for food, love, safety, and so much more. They depend on us to nurture them, and it is our job to do so.
Adoration “is respect, reverence, strong admiration or devotion in a certain person, place, or thing.” Motherhood is exactly that. I don’t think I went a day without admiring my son. I devote myself to him each day just like my mother does for me.
At this time last year I was 39 weeks pregnant with my first child. I was 22 years old. I was so excited and yet absolutely terrified. My life was about to completely change. My life would never be the same again. At times I would get numb just thinking about how my new life would be.
I became a mother a week later and all that selfish fear went away. That moment I heard my baby cry for the first time I became loyalty. I became longevity. I became nourishing. I became Adoration. As all us mothers do.
In the beginning sometimes I felt like it was all too much, especially dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety but even though motherhood is tough at times just remember we never lose those amazing traits. Becoming a mother teaches you far more than you can imagine.
Here I am a year later – 23 years old – with my new and improved life. I have a one year old son, Isaiah and I’m pregnant with his sister, Annabelle Faith. I’m ready to be “loyalty”, “longevity”, “nourishing”, and “adoration” times two.
Motherhood is a beautiful thing just as Sunflowers are.
Sweater worn in picture: from PinkBlush