Happy Accidents in Novel Writing

Forget-Me-Not plants symbolize true love. The forget-me-not flowers are a medium, "true blue". And as the name suggests, they are given or used to decorate gifts with the hope the recipient will not forget the giver. It also symbolizes faithful love and memories.

Forget-Me-Not plants symbolize true love. The forget-me-not flowers are a medium, “true blue”. And as the name suggests, they are given or used to decorate gifts with the hope the recipient will not forget the giver. It also symbolizes faithful love and memories.

There’s a Forget-Me-Not theme that runs through my novels. When Katherine Weldon accompanies her husband John out to the western military outpost, Camp Grant, her mother, an avid gardener sends her with seeds–her favorite–Forget-Me-Nots. Katherine is the sort of young lady who hides amongst the more flamboyant girls her age and the delicate smallness of the flower suits who she is though I just figured she liked blue.

When her husband abandons her again and again either by going into the field to fight Apache or to his addiction, Katherine stands on her shabby doorstep feeling forgotten with her blue blossoms all around. But every gardener who’s grown them knows that Forget-Me-Nots produce thousands of seeds. They spread their delicate beauty over the years but they’re not truly invasive. Their roots are shallow and easily pulled up to make way for the bigger characters that come to bloom when the heat is on.

So then is Katherine a rootless, small character? I don’t think so. How many women and men in the course of history live quiet unremembered lives, but year after year, like the first color of spring, bring happiness to those around them?

In a sense the urgency an author feels to get their characters out in the world is partially driven by a sense that these people need to be remembered. Someone once said fiction is truth, history is just someone’s opinion. I like that. So whether you’re a Forget-Me-Not character or a thorny rose bush I hope you enjoy all the different flowers of life.

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Forget-Me-Nots in legend: (wiki)

In a German legend, after the earth was created, God went to each plant and animal and gave each a name. As God finished and was getting ready to leave, he heard a little voice at his feet saying “what about me?” He bent down and picked up the little plant whom he had forgotten, and said “Because I forgot once, I shall never forget you again, and that shall be your name.”

The Christ Child was sitting on Mary’s lap one day and said that he wished that future generations could see her eyes. He touched her eyes and then waved his hand over the ground and blue forget-me-nots appeared, hence the name forget-me-not.

In another legend, the little flower cried out, “Forget-me-not!” as Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden.

In Mill’s “History of Chivalry,” is given another story of origin with less happy ending. The lover, when trying to pick blossoms of the myosotis for his lady-love, was drowned, his last words as he threw the flowers on the bank being “Forget me Not.”

Another theory suggests because the leaves taste so bad, once you have eaten them, you will never forget them.

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