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Thursday, March 26, 2009 • Posted March 26, 2009

Diamonds and daisies.

Diamonds and daisies.

They kinda go together.

Especially in April.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

They are also the official gem for April.

According to one source, diamonds stand for love and affection.

Long, long ago, diamonds were worn to ensure longevity.

And protect against mental illness.

April Fools!

Apparently it didn’t work.

Maybe they didn’t wear enough of them.

Too costly, perhaps.

Too hard to come by.

Hard to say.

Diamonds being the hardest natural substance known.

According to trusty Webster, diamond is a mineral and usually colorless.

A jeweler’s cut transforms them into precious gems of brilliance.

And for this, we pay a precious price.

April’s flower is not so dear.

But definitely endearing.

Daisy, daisy.

So pretty.

So white.

Pluck each petal and count it off.

He loves me, he loves me not.

Often called the Common Daisy, it is anything but.

Known in Latin as Bellis perennis, daisy means “fields of war.”

Surgeons who accompanied Roman troops into battle had their slaves pick sacks full of daisies in order to extract their juice.

They would soak bandages in the liquid before dressing all those nasty sword and spear cuts.

Today this common little flower gives it all up for the same purpose.

To treat wounds.

Only now in homeopathic form.

Daisy Daisy,

Give me your answer do!

I’m half crazy,

All for the love of you!

It won’t be a stylish marriage,

I can’t afford a carriage,

But you’ll look sweet on the seat

Of a bicycle built for two !

Now that wouldn’t work if you were driving Miss Daisy.

Google the daisy flower.

You’ll get more results than you can shake a stick at.

Or a daisy.

Such as 8,780,000.

Common indeed.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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