erdespookbossie—the bush that spooks the horses.
The traditional celebrations of Easter or Pesach evolved to celebrate
the end of winter and the rebirth of spring, but in South Africa those
holidays fall in the autumn. Although it's not a children's book, in my
book, The Amaranth Bloom, I created special rituals to help children
deeply understand Mother Nature’s calendar. Mother Nature teaches us we
can still get close to the spirit of rebirth in the autumn if we use the
perdespookbossie eggs as a promise that spring will come after winter.
But there is also a deeper meaning to celebrating this day: it is our
duty and our responsibility to make sure spring does arrive after
After the intense fires in Cape Town this year, I encourage
everyone to go out into nature and look for amaryllis and
perdespookbossie flowers popping up out of the ashes and to celebrate
the day by befriending a stranger in a way that feels comfortable to
you. It is a beautiful way to teach children the resilience of nature
and also the responsibility we have to protect our precious resources.