“These yellow flowers are the heralds of spring,” my friend told me in a small road trip in the coastal area of Norway. He pointed to coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) at the side of the road. In his mother tongue it is hestehov.
I asked him to stop the car and found myself plucking the yellow wildflowers. I felt back like a child, and it felt right.
It reminded me also to the ancient-Greek myth of Persephone, whose life really began when she decided to pluck wildflowers. Once she was goddess of vegetation but eventually became the Queen of the Underworld. She was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Her myths explain the change of the seasons, making her a very important part of Greek culture.
The change of seasons
While she went plucking, she got abducted by Hades, who was madly in love with her. Nobody had seen the kidnapping and a frantic…
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