Sunday, June 15, 2008

Show and Tell - In the Palm of the Buddha



This is a frangipani flower in the palm of wooden Buddha in Thailand. I saw this picture last year when I was waiting at the ferry terminal in Sechelt. It reminded me of the flowers I saw in Bali. aAnd yes you can see them quite a lot in Hawaii, Malaysia and Australia. They were in my wedding bouquet as well. I thought it would be perfect for a nursery. And yes, I bought it for my adopted child because that was the same weekend I started my blog. I had stopped waiting for BFPs and just relax miracle pregnancies. I just wanted something to look forward to and be excited about. This was before the home study, the subsequent fallout, all my "processing", blah di blah.
A frangipani symbol means "Shelter". It's meaning is that "I will protect you from anything evil." That's a good sentiment. don't you think?

8 comments:

luna said...

love it -- the symbolism, the image, the meaning. thanks for sharing.

Korechronciles said...

One of the things I most loved about Bali was the little offerings made to the gods everyday, usually left on the footpath outside a home or business. Almost all of them included a frangipani. It's too cold in my part of Australia to grow them but they are one plant I would love to have in the garden.

I didn't know about them meaning 'Shelter" but I think that's lovely to know.

Here from Show and Tell and NCLM.

annacyclopedia said...

Absolutely beautiful. I remember the frangipani trees blossoming when I was in Australia a few years ago and it was just so stunning for a prairie girl - all that amazing abundant beauty.I didn't know that they symbolize shelter, but it is a lovely thing for a nursery, especially in the hand of the Buddha - shelter within shelter. So beautiful - thanks for sharing this.

butterflyanla said...

Beautiful show and tell this week.

Vee said...

I love Frangipanis! I love walking along street and picking up the fallen flowers smelling them and sticking one behind my ear. :)

dmarie said...

What a lovely S&T. I fell in love with that flower in HI. I did the same thing as Vee every time I found one on the ground.

Portraits In Sepia said...

Yes, a very good sentiment.

chicklet said...

I love the flower, but I love the meaning behind it more and what you did with it. Very very cool.

And happy bd in advance:-)