Today is Daffodil Day - organised annually by the Irish Cancer Society. All over town volunteers were selling daffodil related items - bunches of fresh flowers, silk daffodils to pin onto jackets, diaries and key rings. For the last four years I have chosen to buy these little pins (they are very small in reality) - perhaps they don't have the same impact as the silk flowers but I though they would make a cute collection. This year the make-shift stalls were also decorated with yellow balloons so everything looked very festive.
It was lovely walking back to the station and seeing so many people (men and women) walking around carrying bunches of flowers and with little silk daffodils pinned to their clothes.
Last year we lost a work colleague unexpectedly to cancer. It was a terrible shock as it happened very quickly and without much warning. She was only 45 years old and left behind a husband and two young children. In this day and age we don't expect death to swoop so suddenly and claim someone like that through illness.
Perhaps because of this I have been more aware of Daffodil Day this year and the good cause the society supports.
My ex-neighbour gave me this bunch of daffodils as a house warming present when we moved. I thought they looked like a bowl of sunshine and brightened up the kitchen.
Last year for Daffodil day I posted this paper doll with her pretty daffodil dress, You can find the whole paper doll book at the post called Mother Goose Paper Dolls.
I don't know if Daffodil Day is specific to Ireland or if it is organised globally. If you also had Daffodil Day where you live today please let me know.