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Daffy Dolls


After weeks and weeks of cold, sunless days of wind, rain, and even some snow, is it any wonder we get desperate as we anticipate spring weather?

I was unreasonably happy when I noticed these daffodil leaves poking through the winter’s mess.

I’m hoping that by the time it’s Easter, the daffodils will bloom and announce that our winter ordeal is over.

Daffodils are tough. They are among the first flowers to put out feelers to gauge the temperature above that layer of fall leaves.

Can I come out yet?

And is the snow gone?

Will I be frozen

While waiting for dawn?


Gather your courage,

My buddies all say,

Be brave together

And we’ll win the day.


First we may shiver,

But then you will see,

The sun will shine longer

For you and for me.


Set up your blossoms

To open in spring,

Yellow and cheerful

Is just the right thing.


We are the bravest

The gutsiest here,

Being the first to bring

Snippets of cheer.


I cheated here and put in a photo of daffodils from another year, but they are the same ones that belong to those green stems in the previous photo.

Daffodils have a special place in my heart. My mother loved flowers and when, as a new Canadian, she learned the name of these flowers, she couldn’t help always mixing up the syllables. To this day I think of them as daffy dolls, her name for them.

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Author: wordsfromanneli

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30 thoughts on “Daffy Dolls

  1. That’s a sweet memory of your mother, Anneli. ☺️

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  2. Daffy Dolls are definitely a sign of spring which means you should be getting warmer weather soon.

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  3. What a beautiful tribute to your mother, Anneli. ❤

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  4. Daffy Dolls – what a wonderful name! And they are a wonderful harbinger of spring. 🙂

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  5. Nice thought Anneli. Those daffy dolls certainly speak of the coming season. How are you?

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    • Great to see you here, Arlene. You can’t imagine how happy it made me to see those few green leaves of the “daffy dolls” coming through. We’re all so tired of winter here. After our cold snowy week, it blew and rained, but now the wind has switched again and it’s very cold with a promise of more flurries. Hail yesterday! I want spring and blossoms and warm days. I suppose you have enough warm days where you are, but didn’t you have some awful storms this fall?


  6. Beautiful 🙂
    Life is Good !

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  7. I am always so happy to see the daffodils start to poke through the snow. Lovely poem and perfectly timed to help us get through the rest of winter, 🙂

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  8. I remember your mother well, she was a a good person, I loved her from the first moment we met. I like the name she gave the daffodils.

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  9. I love those early shoots. Snow today, but they’re so hardy. Fun poem, Anneli.

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  10. Love those colors, and the verse…

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  11. What a cheering sight! We have to content ourselves with store bought for now. A sweet reminder too.

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  12. Hooray for spring, moms, flowers, and memories.❤️


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