52 Weeks of Thankfulness,Week 6: Thanking the Daisy

Cheers to another week of “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” at Haddon’s Musings, and you bet…I’m thanking the daisy.  Okay by appearance the daisy isn’t really that grand of a flower. Its beauty is derived from its simplicity, at least that’s how I feel, or at least that’s what attracted me to the Gateway theme on WordPress–I thought, okay I like this layout. It’s clean, simple, and has an air of freshness about it. Sure theme picked, DONE, let’s move on.

Unfortunately, I selected the daisy’s symbolic imagery without really considering what it represents. I realized this when I recently thought I might change my layout; after all, I have increased my WordPress account to a premium which affords a nice variety of themes. Why not select another theme? However, before I made a hasty decision to transition to the perception of better, let me, at the very least, learn the meaning(s) of the daisy. After all, it has been representing my blog fo well…six months!

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. - William Shakespeare

Symbolism Behind the Daisy (here’s the short version)

  1. Daisies symbolize innocence, purity, and love, and one look at the flower does lend a gentle nudge to this connotation. However, the meaning stems from a Celtic Legend. The legend speaks of parents and their heavy sadness that enveloped them upon losing their infants.  In hopes to cheer the parents up, God sprinkled daisies over the earth.
  2. However, in Norse mythology, the daisy belongs to the goddess Freya who symbolizes love, beauty, and fertility. This brought forth the relationship between the daisy and childbirth, symbolizing motherhood and new beginnings.
  3. The daisy is also a sign of transformation and it arrived at this meaning through the Roman myth of Vertumnus and Belides. Vertumnus, the god of seasons and gardens, fell heavily for a nymph named Belides. She, on the other hand, was not so enamored with his lust. In order to escape his infatuation, she turned herself into a daisy. Thereby influencing the daisy to symbolize transformation,
  4. Finally, the daisy also represents true love by the sheer fact it is two flowers in one. The middle is called a disc floret and the outer petal is known as the ray floret.

After learning more about the daisy and its symbolic meanings, how could I deny we were meant for each other! My blog’s name is leadership2mommyship; honestly, the name was selected long before I began blogging.  My life was changing. The short story is I decided to retire from my Air Force career to focus on being there–MORE–for my children. So in essence, I was transforming onto a new road of motherhood and new beginnings.  And there you have it, I simply cannot give up on the daisy. Could you?

How does your blog symbolize who you are? Who and what might have encouraged your adventure onto the path of blogging. This week let’s share more about what our blog represents to us and feel free to leave your blog site in the comments. I am curious as to how we gave birth to our blogs.  Let’s share our thoughts and be thankful. Cheers to the community of bloggers! After all, there is always a story to tell about our beginnings.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. - Seneca







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20 thoughts on “52 Weeks of Thankfulness,Week 6: Thanking the Daisy

  1. Very nice article. I love daisies! Daisies have always made me think of children running through a field in the summer. Very good choice for your blog.
    I chose my favorite books within my field to use as the starting point of my blog. The theorists highlighted in the books that I have chosen have directed my thinking about diversity based issues in a variety of ways. I aim to work on behalf of marginalized groups.
    Thanks for the great read and for allowing me to share😊

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  2. Lovely post. I enjoy the ones that teach me something. The daisy was my “signature” as a teen, btw. And it does seem like you were guided to the perfect theme for what you wanted to do with your blog.

    I chose my blog’s theme for pragmatic rather than symbolic reasons:
    1. I wanted it to port easily to another platform – and I wanted it to be a child-theme – so I stay under the parent theme’s banner even if I change the child
    2. I knew I wanted to customize, even on the dot com platform
    3. I wanted 2 top menus and a sidebar
    4. I wanted a theme that wasn’t “flavor of the moment” so less likely to become unavailable if/when I chose to port to self-hosting.
    5. I wanted it “quiet” – so no distracting background print, jarring colors, etc. – since I support individuals who already struggle to focus and stay tracked

    Enterprise was actually the only one that fit all my requirements – so Enterprise it was!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing how you selected your blog theme. I take it this is not your first rodeo. 🙂 It really is about learning and really applying what you have learned. These are all great ideas you list and really thoughts we can all consider.

    This week I’ve been learning how to build my own online course, well kind of–you can really google anything these days. But what I have learned is how to make my material accessible, because everyone really deserves the opportunity to learn. As you mention too much color can be distracting, specifically to people who cannot absorb a multitude of colors and patterns. So I absolutely love that you thought of this!

    Also, I love your final quote…it does, “take a village to educate the world!” I’m glad you found this blog a learning opportunity, and we do share in this philosophy: we can all teach and share many lessons. And how neat the daisy was your signature, we should all embrace the daisy a bit more, specifically her symbolic meanings. I think the world could use a few of her traits 🙂


  4. It’s tough giving up a career to pursue mommyhood, but it’s rewarding too. I gave up a tenure-track university professor position to focus on my children and YA fiction writing (which I can do from home). It’s only been since the New Year, but it is an adjustment. I started blogging as a creative outlet. I had no idea what I wanted to blog about. I put it under my name because I needed an author page later, so why not. 😜​ I’m enjoying meeting people through blogging, and I get to spend time with my children. It’s super nice. I think my blog has evolved to more inspirational stuff because that is just what I’m feeling. We will see how it continues to evolve.
    I hope you transitioned well to mommyship. It’s been great for me, but it’s also not easy giving up the security you get in the workforce.

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  5. Hi Ipuna thank you so much for responding back! Wow! Giving up a tenure-track position is a big deal! But I promise you don’t get back the lost time. It’s wonderful you are staying home with your children, and having a creative outlet is a must! Especially when you are probably accustomed to creating and molding things…I know this is my case! May I ask what subject you teach? And can you teach online? I’m sure you are asked this, and I apologize for my intrusiveness. Perhaps an occasional class would help.

    I currently teach hybrid classes and online classes, so your question is: how is mommyship? I couldn’t just do mommyship! I know how horrible, but I enjoy aspects of a career! I, however, have chosen not to work full-time. While I have been asked to apply for various positions, I think of the commitment and the long hours. I feel I am done with that for awhile and probably forever. Before I retired from the Air Force, I was a Director for a Leadership School. I loved it; however, it was hard work! I fought for a new school conducive to a professional military image and brought a subpar performing school to outstanding (we’re regionally accredited by the way through SACS). So was it hard to walk away? NO! It was easy! By the time I was done, all I wanted to do was live outside a schoolhouse for a bit. It doesn’t mean I don’t still love talking leadership. I do! Hence my blog. And I do mentor my writing students as well. We discuss their professional goals. I cannot help myself and many admit to enjoying the extra insight. In essence, this is what I hoped my blog would do, revolve around ideas of leadership, with a twist of a mother’s perspective. I’m still working these ideas out, and we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed. Yes let’s plaster the daisy all over the place so we are reminded to slow down. That’s a beautiful reason for her to symbolize your blog, and I am glad to hear this flower means so much to you too. Now you have me thinking I should plant a few daisies. Have you planted or grown any? I’ve only owned a Gerber daisy, but the wild white ones are really breathtaking. If I planted a few they might take over my garden, but maybe that’s a sign–I’m a bit type A and like things orderly. 🙂


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