Last year we had a single tall sunflower, it was an unusual chocolate brown, equally stunning
Sunflowers are very positive life affirming flowers and quite fitting that the first sunflower in my garden opened up today.
I feel this can be thought of symbolically as a new beginning with happy times ahead. As everyone has experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to live our lives differently, be apart from friends and family and although lock down is easing with some freedoms it has been an unusual six months of 2020 for me.
Having finished one contract at a local school in December, I very fortunately got a dream job at the school I've always wanted to work in in January. I was given the option to start at Easter or September and I opted for September in order to start at the beginning of the academic year and use my time to catch up on home related projects and also some me time activities like visiting galleries and exhibitions. These things were not to be. Lockdown officially started and the kids schools closed in the 2nd week of March. Priorities changed and life was focussed on ensuring they were not bored at home and staying safe.
Now with three weeks before school term officially ends I've started thinking and planning ahead for the new academic year. It's never to early to plan ahead, ofcourse I don't yet know what my timetable will be and which year groups I will be teaching but I'm very much looking forward to the new chapter, nay new book in my life. This sunflower signifies the joy I am feeling about this.