Facing the Sun

Kavya returned home to tell her mother about the sunflowers she had seen in her friend’s house. She found them beautiful and wondered why they were called sunflowers. They did remind her of the sun and sunrays.

The following weekend Kavya, Advaith and their parents were driving to the  next town. On the way they were excited to see miles and miles of sunflower fields. Of course they had to stop. The children felt as if the flowers were nodding and smiling at the sun.

Advaith told his sister that when the plants were growing the buds turned to face the sun. He was sure the plants knew that the sun rises in the east. Kavya was not ready to believe this. She asked her brother if flowers had a mind. The farmer looked amused when he heard this exchange. He said that when the flowers were in full bloom they always faced east. So, they got this name.

To test if what her brother and the farmer  had said was true, Kavya dragged Advaith to the fields the next day. They spent the morning watching the buds. They did seem to worship the sun.

Kavya was convinced.

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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


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