He Loves Me. He Loves Me Not.

March 28, 2011

He Loves Me He Loves Me Not

Unless you grew up in a frozen tundra where nothing blooms, chances are, you’ve plucked a flower petal or two to see if the object of your affection loved you or loved you not. But does anyone know where this whimsical game began?

Apparently, the French started it. Based on my research this game originated in France centuries ago. You are supposed to focus on your object of affection and then begin pulling petals off a flower, usually a daisy, and whatever phrase lands on the last petal is supposed to tell the truth about their affection for you. Of course, we all know this is at best a really haphazard way of discerning affection but we still find ourselves doing it anyway. And, let’s be honest, we do feel a bit disappointed when it ends up being “he loves me not”.

Flowers have historically been used for romantic occasions. Unmarried maidens wove flowers around a maypole on Mayday. Women often wear flowers in their hair on their wedding day. Corsages for dances and roses on Valentine’s Day. We have flowers and romance inextricably tied together in our minds. And there is certainly nothing wrong with that- although, I think it’s important not to let a flower dictate our love lives.

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2 Responses to “He Loves Me. He Loves Me Not.”

  1. Here are some flowers from frozen tundra 🙂

    http://www.saskschools.ca/~gregory/arctic/Aplants2.html

    I like your blog!

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