How is Valentine’s day treating you, my dedicated readers? I hope it’s with some love. However it may be, I am sending you lots of love from this end. In the spirit of Valentine’s, I find it appropriate to talk about agricultural things that relates to love.
We tend to give meanings to nearly everything we associate with, as humans. Plants and animals are not excluded from this aspect of our nature. In the western world, there are numerous plants and animals that represent love. Tulips, orchids, succulents, butterflies, doves and many others are used to symbolize love in the western world. Meanwhile, one thing that comes to mind when I think about what was ever used to depict love while growing up in the Yoruba part of Nigeria is the dove. In fact, it brings a song by Asa to mind, “…Eye adaba, Eye adaba ti n fo lo ke lo ke…” which translates to “dove, dove in the sky”. The song translates to peace, good tidings and marital peace which often accompanies love.
Globally, when asked for a plant that symbolizes love, the rose flower is usually the first to pop into people’s minds. Majority refers to flowers such as lilies, sunflowers, tulips etc. even before considering other things from nature that could also be used to signify love.
Seven non-flowery agricultural products that symbolizes Love
Do you know that thyme which we use to cook also symbolizes love and romance? I didn’t know either until I stumbled on this information during my research. There are lots of things we use daily that symbolizes love which we are unaware of. Some of these are:
- Cocoa: I added this because I personally believe the role cocoa plays in the production of chocolates and beverages has been important in spreading the message of love.
“There is perhaps no greater teacher of love than the creatures that roam the earth”˞ -Avia
Seven animals that symbolizes Love
A carrier of symbolic love with a peace sign
A messenger of love
Translates to love, devotion and practicality especially in the Chinese zodiac sign for horse
Attributed to love, grace, purity and chastity
Symbolizes infinite divine love
- Green butterfly
Symbolizes love particularly in Chinese mythology. Two butterflies flying together regardless of colour translates to undying love
Represents the lightness of being and enjoyment of life which is needed in love
You would not only be sharing love with your sweethearts but also with farmers in extension when you treat your loved ones to a chocolate bar, flowers or dinner. Every time you utilize any of these things, you’re adding a smile to a farmer’s face because Agriculture is everywhere. If you think deeply, you’ll realize that Agriculture is also passionate about Valentine’s day.
Ultimately, I implore everyone to choose to spread love for this Valentine’s day. Be more of a giver than a receiver.
Happy Valentine’s day, again!