A Child of the Woods

Back when I was young, I spent most of my time outside.

I have always been fascinated by nature.

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We would include rocks, plants and animals into our play.

When my sister and I took a walk this afternoon,

we saw a lovely stand of white wildflowers.

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I wanted to call them another name, but “blood root” came out of my mouth.

The scientific name is Sanguinaria canadensis.   Sanguineus means blood red.

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That name was way back in my brain. We used to play with this plant.

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The roots bleed red, as the name implies. We would paint ourselves with its dye.

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I was thrilled to have that memory brought back to me.

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You may take the Flower out of the woods,

but you cannot take the Woods out of the Flower.

 

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