Sunflower Secrets: Grit Remembered

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Sunflower Secrets

By Sharon
October 21, 2014

Amazing blooms, those sunflowers have, and behind every huge golden petaled, chocolate-centered face, there hides a world of secrets. Their seeds are filled with nutrition, their young faces follow the sun, and their petals, seeds, and hulls provide both yellow and a dark purple dye. But that's not all: Sunflowers are the globetrotters of the plant world.

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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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Oct 21, 2014 4:00 PM CST
First I could not stop reading the article. Then I saw the word 'Grit'! And I keep sitting here this afternoon remembering the days when I sold 'Grit' newspapers for a dime per copy. I got to keep 4¢ from each sale. I 'think' it was back in the 5th grade, but I can't remember for sure. The paper was quite useful to the few families on our road; And I rarely made 50¢ from the weekly deliveries. (less if someone 'forgot' to pay.) I can remember some of the features like 'Mandrake The Magician' and 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not'. But I never saw the sunflower ad unless it was from the American Seed Company in Lancaster, PA. That was the company who placed an ad for seed sales for students wanting to earn extra money. Sounds like a broken record but the seeds were sold for 10 cents and I kept 4¢ if memory has not failed me.

Anyway I wanted to say Thanks for a very nice article which in an odd way connected to my personal 'memory lane'. I had some help reviewing the article, and I share her picture here.

Thanks Sharon. You made our day! Smiling

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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Oct 21, 2014 4:15 PM CST

Gone But Not Forgotten

WOW, Leon!! What a beautiful picture, and what beautiful words you send. I think I might be a few years older than you even though we both remember Grit. There was at one time the Stranger than Fiction feature, but since I was banned (banded Smiling ) - I don't remember reading that feature ever again. Of course I can't remember when I got 'unbanded' either.

Good memories we have, and when I read your writings, they often trigger another memory trip for me.
Thank you so much, Leon, and for the sweet picture as well. Lovely kitty.
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