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Vernal Equinox

"There's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see

~ The Bluebird, Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)

Let the bluebirds be free! Sping is coming! The Vernal Equinox is a time to look for signs of Spring and maybe even spot a bluebird of happiness in your neighborhood! This tartan was inspired by native Florida wildlife which are active during springtime. The beautiful mix of colours represent the pine hyacinth, Clematis baldwinii; the poppy-like flowers of the prickly pear cactus, Opuntia humifusa, the most common native Florida cactus; and the colours on the Florida Scrub Jay, the only bird unique to the state! The "bluebird of happiness" is a captivating cultural motif found in various cultures and literary traditions, embodying joy, happiness, and the pursuit of fulfillment. Bluebirds are often depicted in stories and folklore as a harbinger of good fortune, happiness, or renewal, symbolizing the human quest for elusive joy and the beauty of life's journey. reminding us that sometimes, happiness is often best found by appreciating the present moment and the natural beauty that surrounds us.💙 💜 💛 🌷 🌸 🏵️ 🐦

The concept of a "blue bird of happiness" was introduced in Maurice Maeterlinck's  play The Blue Bird (1908). The bird in that play is not actually a bluebird, but merely a bird that is blue (which is symbolically significant in the play).  As a result of this play, bluebirds became a widely recognized symbol of happiness and cheer, and have been used as such by numerous songwriters.

Songs about the bluebird of happiness span a range of genres and periods, reflecting the universal appeal of this symbol. Here are a few notable examples:

  1. "Bluebird of Happiness" by Jan Peerce (1945): This song, performed by the renowned tenor Jan Peerce, is one of the most direct references to the metaphor of the bluebird representing happiness. The lyrics speak of finding the bluebird of happiness and the journey one must undertake to discover true joy.

  2. "Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz (1939): While not explicitly about the bluebird, this iconic song performed by Judy Garland mentions the bluebird as a symbol of dreams and wishes that come true, singing, "Where troubles melt like lemon drops, away above the chimney tops, that's where you'll find me."

  3. "Bluebird" by Paul McCartney & Wings (1973): Featured on the album Band on the Run, "Bluebird" includes references to freedom and happiness, using the bluebird as a symbol of love and serenity.

  4. "Bluebird" by Buffalo Springfield (1967): This song, written by Stephen Stills, metaphorically uses the bluebird to express themes of love, freedom, and the search for happiness.

  5. "Bluebird" by Sara Bareilles (2010): From her album Kaleidoscope Heart, Bareilles' "Bluebird" is a poignant ballad about letting go and finding oneself again, with the bluebird symbolizing hope and renewal.

  6. "Bluebirds Over the Mountain" by Ritchie Valens (1958): Though more of a love song, it uses the imagery of bluebirds flying over the mountain as a metaphor for longing and anticipation.

For more on the wildflowers of Spring in the tartan designer, Amanda Payne's neighborhood, click the Florida Scub Jay!

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