I wager at least some of my Jewish readers may have looked at the yellow star of the daffodil’s back and seen another kind of yellow star, the kind Jews were forced to wear in a past that is never too distant.
We have just finished a cycle of three modern Jewish holidays collectively called the Yamim (plural for days): Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (a day memorializing soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the War of Independence and subsequent battles, as well as civilian victims of terrorism), and Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day, marking the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948). A fourth, Yom Yerushalayim, celebrates the 1967 reunification of Jerusalem and occurs next month
I looked at this daffodil, the green stem of spine supporting the blossom. It seemed to peer at the patch of sky reflected in the small puddle nearby. I couldn’t help but think of six million murdered Jews who had peered Heavenward on a blue-sky day, and silently screamed , “Why?”
One day, one day, may all humanity look to the blue heavens, spines straight, faces uplifted and none shall be afraid.
I guess I’ll never again look at a daffodil the same way as I have for years–new perspective. I think I prefer the cheery yellow face to the thought of torture and decimation. But our survival is definitely something to celebrate.
Oy, Anita. Yes, I prefer the daff’s cheery face as well.
Your daffodil image is gorgeous… full of hope❤️
Daffodils blooming means to me the beginning of the growing season and the start of nature’s rebirth. I prefer that than to the horrors of the holocaust. Makes me happier!
I agree with you, Ilene. 100%. The column was a digression following a momentary thought.
Oh WOW!!! Love it!