The Mimosa Flower

 

So something has changed since the last time we spoke. I debated posting this out of fear of my grandparents (who are not so understanding), but decided to take the risk. So if you know them, please don't tell them. Let me do it once I'm ready. Cool? Thanks.

the mimosa flower

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Photo by TOMOKO UJI on Unsplash

This is a mimosa flower, not the drink. It grows in Italy and I found myself subtly falling in love with it. Then on International Women's Day my Italian teacher told us that if we went into a bar (which in Italy means a cafe with alcohol) then we would be given a mimosa flower as it's an Italian tradition to hand them out. 

So I did a little research and it turns out that the women's movement in Italy decided to use the mimosa flower as a symbol for the movement and for women. Handing them out is a sign of support and strength... even though there are some people who feel it does not do that. Personally, I like it. Anyway, the flower was chosen for many reasons. The first is because this flower is one of the only flowers that blooms in March... so I guess you could say it may have been one of the only options to technically choose from. The second is that this plant is flourishing in Italy, seriously it's everywhere. Which is what they wanted, for the movement towards women's equality to continuously flourish and grow. Lastly, this flower was chosen because it looks delicate, but is actually very strong and able to withstand harsh conditions. Similar to women who can look graceful and delicate but are actually strong inside and out.

my decision

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So after learning and living in Italy for 5 months, I realized I wanting something to symbolize my time there. What I love about this is that is does exactly that while also symbolizing strength and equality for women. I hit two birds with one stone without have to have the Ponte Vecchio or the Italian flag on my arm. I absolutely love it and think it is gorgeous. I've always wanted to get a tattoo that means something and this is the perfect place to start.

love oc