The Strawberry Patch

Enrichment and Inspiration for Beta Sigma Phi Sisters from Marilyn Ross

Poetry, Lore, Legends and a Recipe

Curly locks, curly locks, wilt though be mine?
Thou shalt not wash dishes,
Nor yet feed the swine,
But sit on a fine cushion and sew a fine seam
And feed upon strawberries, sugar and cream.

According to ancient zodiacal lore,strawberries are ruled by the symbol of balance, Libra, and come under the domination of Venus, who favors plants with especially pretty flowers and who also enjoys nibbling upon rosy fruits.

To find two strawberries growing as one near a house indicates twins will be born soon in a nearby family.

The witty and delightful Anne Bleyn had a strawberry-shaped birthmark on her slender neck - to her eventual dismay.
Her enemies said this mark was sure evidence that the queen was a witch!

In the Victorian language of flowers,strawberries symbolize perfect excellence.

If a boy and girl break open a double strawberry and each eats one half, they will become sweethearts.

Recipe for Strawberry Anti-Wrinkle Mask

1 Tablespoon mashed strawberry pulp
1 Tablespoon raw honey
1 Tablespoon plain yogurt

In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients.
Apply to a clean, damp skin, avoiding delicate eye area.
Leave on for 10-15 minutes, rinse thoroughly with tepid water, and pat dry.

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