I can't help but smile when I see a field of sunflowers. It's like a golden shower of a million smiles gently placed in some wide open space. I always imagine what people are thinking and feeling as they walk or drive by these fields. I can't help myself. I have to stop and soak it all in. There is no way you can witness the birthing of a field of smiles and not feel good. It's one of those moments when you can't help but be thankful for the gifts of Mother Nature.
Every year, I drive by this field once a week, and I wait.......patiently, for the arrival of "the land of a million golden smiles." Today, I stopped to take pictures and the two farmers who planted the field snuck up from behind, approached me and were ready for an altercation. They thought I was "stealing" their sunflowers. When they saw my face and camera in hand, we exchanged smiles and I shared with them how much I appreciated having this experience to look forward to every year. "I'm not stealing your sunflowers," I said. "I'm stealing a big heap of sunshine and a whole lotta smiles to take home with me." They grinned and replied "take as many as you'd like ma'am" and walked away.