Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Sunflower Memories



Bright sunflowers had greeted Nadia each time she’d visited her baba Oksana. 

As a small child, she’d watched her grandmother cook traditional Russian meals while recounting tales of her journey to the new land she’d eventually call home.

She’d traveled on a crowded boat with few belongings. The small amount of sunflower seeds she’d brought to eat were almost gone by the time she’d arrived. 

Oksana decided to plant the leftover sunflower seeds in remembrance of her home; left behind.

Imprinted in Nadia’s heart, memories of her baba Oksana’s smile and love of sunflowers.

Nadia planted sunflowers at her grave.

2019©Isadora DeLaVega

Word Count:100 words

Genre: Flash Fiction

Photo Prompt:©Ted Strutz

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*****The dictionary terms and basic forms for grandfather and grandmother in Russian are dedushka and babushka. They’re often shortened for children to ded (grandfather) or baba (grandmother).

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

36 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Sunflower Memories

  1. Sunflowers bring such light, but here they symbolize sorrow as well. I enjoyed your story, Isadora.

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  2. A lovely story of the love of family shown by the sunflowers, Isadora. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  3. Your tale is quite poetic. It reminds me of my dad. He loved sunflower seeds. He called them, “Spits.”

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  4. You certainly have a knack for storytelling, Isadora. Such a touching tale. Sunflowers will always connect Nadia to her baba.

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  5. I loved this sentimental tale. And I love sunflowers.

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  6. Grandparents have a wonderful impact on children. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a close relationship with any of my grandparents. But I have seen many people who do, and their lives are so much richer for it. What a fitting tribute to plant sunflowers at her grave. Yet she must feel such a sense of loss.


    • I believe grandparents can give advice that might be listened to more than from a parent. I wish I could say I have a close relationship with my grandchildren. I do not. Perhaps, that will be a regret my children will have some day when they look back on life.
      My great grandmother influenced me profoundly. I live by many of the things she told me. All one needs is one person to do that for us.
      I’d like to believe that Nadia was grateful for their relationship. Although, she’ll miss her she’ll always have her lessons to remember her by. Fatima, thank you for visiting and leaving your insightful comment.
      Isadora 😎

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  7. Loved the sunflower seed device and imagery. Nice one.

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  8. I love the joy the idea of sunflowers brings to your story. Also the memories of her baba, (Sunflowers were my dad’s favorite flower.)

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    • The sunflowers were a tangible item for Nadia to remember her baba Oksana.
      I was bringing together the past and the present meanings of the sunflowers.
      I’m happy you found meaningful. Yes, Alicia, sunflowers are loved by many.
      Hope it brought back loving memories of your father. I’m glad to see you here again.
      Isadora 😎


  9. This is a simply beautiful yet poignant tale, Isadora.

    Here’s my story

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  10. Querida Isadora,

    Nadia was lucky to have her baba Oksana. No doubt she had a richer childhood because of her grandmother and her stories. Heartwarming story. Sunflowers just took on a new meaning. Bien escrito mi amiga.

    Shalom y abrazos,


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    • Querida Rochelle,
      I wanted to bring a sweet, loving relationship between Nadia & her baba.
      Food has a way of bringing family together. I’m so pleased you found it heartwarming.
      I wanted that element to come through. It’s the reason I added the sunflowers. A tangible item
      with a big meaning behind it. Gracias, mi amiga, muy agradeceda.
      Isadora 😎


  11. Nicely told , rather sad.

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  12. Very nice write. Sad, but I trust Oksana lived a full life.

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  13. So many plants must have made their way around the world this way

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  14. Another beautiful tale with a beautiful but sad ending.
    Well done Isadora.

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    • The lives of immigrants is a difficult one. They leave behind a familiar life to have a better life. Hopefully, it’s worth all of the sacrifice. It can never be joyful to leave those you love behind. Old photographs bring those sacrifices into the present. Always a pleasure to have you here commenting,Drew Thank you ☺
      Have a superb weekend. Isadora😎


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