Sunday, March 16, 2008

Forget Me Not / Forglemmigej


A lovely light blue Forget Me Not hiding under a bushel in the rain.

The name was borrowed from Old French 'ne m'oubliez pas' and first used in English in c.1532.
Similar names can be found in most European and some non-European languages. (Danish = Forglemmigej.) In the Middle ages it was supposed that the wearers of the flower would not be forgotten by their lovers.

The flower(badge) is universally worn as a Masonic emblem to remember all those who have suffered in the name of Freemasonry and specifically those during the Nazi era. In Canada the symbol of the Alzheimer Society is the forget-me-not-flower, representing memory loss.

photo 120308: gb

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