Enjoying Daffodils with kids…
The word daffodil derives from the word affodill (meaning new-comer), but the beginning “d” has not been linguistically agreed upon; an interesting tidbit, but it does not diminish the loveliness of the daffodil and how it figures into literature and literacy. There are written references to the daffodil as early as the 16th century, but 19th century English poet William Wordsworth immortalized the daffodil in his poem:
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Read Wordsworth’s poem today with your children. Even very young children will love the flow of the words and the dance of the daffodils.
Celebrate the 1st of May with the lovely daffodil and look for it wherever you go. Bring some into your home. Photograph it. Draw it. Talk about it. Dance with it. Feel it. The daffodil is said to symbolize great regard and chivalry.
Bring the daffodil and its references into your home, into your lives and share your great regard for both flowers and WORDS!
Your kids will undoubtedly read this Wordsworth poem at some time during their schooling. Give them the blooming head start of their lives!