Names that say nothing

Names that say nothing

The other week, my nephew found a flower, shyly living in the jungly green.

“Look at its colours,” he said. “The purple that fades to pink. It’s so amazing.”

I asked him if he knew what it was called – but he wasn’t interested.

So I told him anyway. “It’s a twinflower,” I said. “I identified it on the app on my phone.”

He said nothing.

And he was right.

He’d discovered a tiny wonder whose beauty drilled straight to his soul.

Its name was just words that said nothing.

Shut up and appreciate, I scolded myself. He’s teaching you something here.

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