Last week I saw the first bluebonnet in our yard. This is the first bluebonnet in our new house.
If you aren’t from Texas you may be thinking what is the big deal. Texans love wildflowers especially bluebonnets. We even made bluebonnet the state flower.
Each year bluebonnets are a welcome splash of color after summer and winter where everything turns brown.
Former First Lady Bird Johnson was the driving force behind the beatuifiaction of the country’s roadways. The Lady Bird Bill of 1965 limited the placement billboards and provided for initiatives like seeding roadsides with wildflowers.
The Legend of the Bluebonnet
The Texas fields are covered
With a blanket of deep blue.
But for a little Indian girl,
This would not be true.
Texas land was buried and dry.
Rains just would not come.
Indians danced and prayed for rain,
And beat upon their drums.
The Chief made a proclamation.He appealed to one and all.
A prized possession must be sacrificed
Before the rains would fall.
The Indian camp was silent,
While each person searched his heart.
But when it came to sacrifice,
With possessions they would not part.
Suddenly a little girl stepped forth,
Holding her blue-clad doll.
She placed it in the roaring fire
and raindrops began to fall.
The rain brought forth the grass,
Among its blades, flowers of blue.
To be a sign for all the time
Of a love so pure and true.