Larry mentioned pulling daisy petals and chanting, "she loves me, she loves me not..."
"Did you ever do that?" he asked.
Of course I did. So have probably most of the children who live where daisies grow. Larry remembered how hard he tried to make it end on "she loves me." Even if it meant pulling two petals at once.
That memory got us thinking about other things we did with flowers, grass, leaves and stems in our games and play when we were young. I wonder if children are still doing these things today?
- pulling the honesysuckle middle out to get the sweet drop of honey inside blowing dandelion seeds into the wind
- "shooting" the heads of seedheads of English plantain by looping the stem around the head and pulling back quickly so the seedhead went flying making a whistle with a piece of grass or a leaf
- making a whistle with hollowed out pawpaw, elderberry or sumac branches using pokeberries and a piece of grass for pen and ink
- putting buttercups under your chin--if it reflects, you like butter!
- making lemonade with sumac berries
- searching for four-leaf clover
- making daisy chains and grass wreaths
- putting Queen Anne's Lace into a glass of water with food coloring to make it turn blue or pink
- touching the seedpods of balsam (also called touch-me-not) to see the pod burst and scatter seeds everywhere.
- making earrings with jewelweed flowers
What kinds of games did you do play with plants and flowers when you were young? I know I've missed some in my list. It's oddly satisfying to remember all the things we did for fun when we were kids that required only a piece of grass, a seed or a flower.