Sunday, 6 October 2013

INSPIRATIONAL STORY: THE DAISY - HANS ANDERSEN

2013-36  Inspirational Story: The Daisy - Hans Christian Andersen


The Daisy "with gold in her heart and silver on her dress"


[I started reading Anderson’s Fairy Tales and Grimm’s FairyTales in my early ‘teens, having read Aesop’sFables earlier. If Hans Christian Anderson is considered the greatest story teller of all times, Brothers Grimm were the most famous for happy endings like “they lived happily ever after” which all children like.

“The Daisy” of Hans Anderson is one of his most poignant stories. The Daisy has been my ideal and I have drawn many lessons of life from it.  I present here only the opening of the story which gives it the appearance of a happy ending.  For the full story, please refer to The Complete Anderson].

"Now listen to this!

Out in the country, close by the side of the road, there stood a country house; you yourself have certainly seen many just like it. In front of it was a little flower garden, with a painted fence around it. Close by the fence, in the midst of the most beautiful green grass beside a ditch, there grew a little daisy.

The sun shone just as warmly and brightly on her as on the beautiful flowers inside the garden, and so she grew every hour. Until at last one morning she was in full bloom, with shining white petals spreading like rays around the little yellow sun in the center.

The daisy didn't think that she was a little despised flower that nobody would notice down there in the grass. No, indeed! She was a merry little daisy as she looked up at the warm sun and listened to the lark singing high in the sky.

Yes, the little daisy was as happy as if this were a grand holiday, yet it was only a Monday, and all the children were in school. While they sat on their benches, learning things, the daisy sat on her little green stalk and learned from the warm sun and everything about her just how good God is.

The daisy couldn't talk, but high above her the lark sang loudly and beautifully all the things that the little flower felt, and that made the daisy very glad.
The daisy looked up at the happy bird who could sing and fly, but she wasn't envious because she couldn't do those fine things, too"I can see and hear," the daisy thought, "and the sun shines on me and the forest kisses me. How gifted I am!"

Inside the fence stood all the stiff, proud flowers, and the less scent they had the more they seemed to strut. The peonies blew themselves out and tried to make themselves bigger than the roses, but size alone isn't enough. The tulips knew that they had the brightest colors, and held themselves very straight, so that they could be seen more plainly.

None of them noticed the little daisy outside, but the daisy could see them and thought, "How rich and beautiful they are! I am sure the pretty lark flies across to them and visits them. Thank God that I stand close enough so that I can see them!"

But just as she thought that – keevit -- down came the lark! But he didn't come down to the peonies or the tulips! No, indeed, he flew right down into the grass to the poor daisy, who was so overjoyed that she didn't know what to think.

The little bird danced around the daisy and sang, "How soft the grass is here, and what a lovely little flower! With gold in her heart and silver on her dress!" You see, the yellow heart of the daisy looked like gold, and the little petals around it were silvery white.

How happy the little daisy was no one can conceive. The bird kissed her with his beak, sang to her, and then flew up again-into the bright, blue air. It was at least a quarter of an hour before the daisy could recover from her joy!

Then, almost ashamed, yet sincerely happy, she peeped over at the flowers in the garden, for they had seen the honor and happiness that had come to her, and would understand her joy. 


The Daisy by Hans Anderson in Youtube Audio:



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