The Purple Snapdragon


Dear Purple Snapdragon,

Your stalk grew too tall.
You fell over every day.
I cradled you and propped you up.
Nothing worked.  Nothing helped.

Finally I let you go.
I put you in the garden to fend for yourself.
I gave you water and walked away.

And what did you do?

You made it on your own.
You are curving toward the sun.
You look proud and beautiful.

I gave you roots.
I gave you wings.
Both were hard.

I can’t stop admiring your beautiful curve as you find your way up.
Your pink sisters are welcoming you.
I’m so proud of you.

Flowers are like children.  They both need our care.  And when we finally let go, it is a beautiful thing.  Hug your child.  Smile when it’s unexpected.  Laugh a lot.  Listen.  Read together.  Let it go.  Look up and look down.

Because your child is a flower.  Just ask Purple Snapdragon.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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63 Responses to The Purple Snapdragon

  1. Beautiful and touching.

  2. Norah says:

    That’s beautiful, Jennie.

  3. besondersite says:

    Beautiful picture and writing! 😊

  4. quiall says:

    Very touching Jennie.

  5. Ritu says:

    Beautiful analagy 🥰

  6. Dan Antion says:

    This is beautiful, Jennie. Plants and people sometimes thrive in unlikely surroundings. You gave it a chance to do well, and it did. It’s nice of you to share its story.

  7. Sue Vincent says:

    How lovely, Jennie!

  8. Darlene says:

    A perfect analogy. Go, little purple snapdragon, go!

  9. Superb and such heartfelt poem, Jennie. Children are like the blossoms of flowers let us take care of them and nurture them with love and joy.

  10. beetleypete says:

    You summed it up perfectly. And I am so pleased the flower survived, I loved those as a child, and used to play with the fallen heads, making them ‘talk’ with my fingers.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  11. Mary Kay Bond says:

    Jennie, Even though I don’t write often, I love you posts ( was that your daughter making cake roses on the 4th?) Todays post, in particular resonated with me in multiple ways- what a gift you gave me! Thank you! By the way I hope you did get that long email I sent in reply to your email.

    Hope you are safe and well. Glad you State Covid rates are going in right direction . Unfortunately, ours are goin the other way. Mary Kay

    On Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 6:02 AM A Teacher’s Reflections wrote:

    > Jennie posted: ” Dear Purple Snapdragon, Your stalk grew too tall. You > fell over every day. I cradled you and propped you up. Nothing worked. > Nothing helped. Finally I let you go. I put you in the garden to fend for > yourself. I gave you water and walked away. A” >

    • Jennie says:

      Mary Kay!! Yes, I did get your wonderful email. We extended school till June 26th, then our daughter (yes, the cupcakes) arrived a few days later from Oregon and left just a few days ago. I am finally taking a breath, and will reply to your lovely email.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. I can’t tell you what it did for me to see that branch growing on its own. The wonders of nature are much like those of children. Many thanks, my friend.

  12. The dragon is on his own thanks to you. I think we can say the same about children.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely way to think about kids. And we get to love them in all the various ways they grow.

  14. What a wonderful follow-up to the kindergarten post!!

  15. CarolCooks2 says:

    Awwwww, Jennie that is so beautiful and very apt…Love this!

  16. So true…of many flowers AND children/grandchildren!

  17. Wonderful advice and your Snapdragons are lovely!

  18. such a sweet verse! You have such a nice gentle voice-and I love the picture- What are the other flowers in the photo?

  19. This is lovely, Jennie. A beautiful poem.

  20. A lovely poem and message, Jennie. I think nature has messages for us about life every time we stop to ponder. Flowers and children are beautiful and worth nurturing. ❤

  21. joylennick says:

    Simple beautiful, Jennie. Thank you.. xx

  22. joylennick says:

    Apologies, I meant ‘simply’…Hugs x

    • Jennie says:

      No worries, Joy. You must have had my English teacher, Miss Mitchell. She made sure we knew correct grammar and spelling. As an adult, I hate it if I make a mistake. Auto correct drives me crazy sometimes. Hugs to you! 🙂

  23. Its so heart touching, Jennie! Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem, and your garden really seems to be a little paradise. Michael

  24. A. L. Kaplan says:

    Reblogged this on alkaplan and commented:
    Never give up.

  25. As you can tell, I’m not keeping up well with my reading these days but glad I caught this one. Perfect! Children are nature and the comparison is prefect also. Left to our own devises, we will find up eventually and thrive. Love this ode to the purple snapdragon. 😉 Hugs to you.

    • Jennie says:

      Marlene, I am always behind in keeping up with my reading, too. No,worries! I was so struck when the flower took off alone, and in a wonderfully different pattern. Maybe my many nurturing weeks of failure gave the tall guy some something after all. He deserved an ode. You and I both know children are the same way. They thrive. Many thanks! 🙂

  26. I don’t have children, but this is a beautiful thought.

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