These days, one can’t help but marvel, grin, and feel a leap of warmth in his heart upon seeing the raw beauty and sheer joy shining in a field along I-90 in Avon, Ohio.
If you are within a 200-mile radius of Avon (in Northeastern Ohio, outside of Cleveland), be good to yourself today.
Take time away from your hectic schedule and go visit the Sunflower fields sponsored by PrayersFromMaria.org. Ya can’t miss ’em – their smiling faces radiate brightly for all to see on a 1-mile stretch along I-90. If you can’t make it to see the Sunflower field, take a few minutes to breathe in some fresh air and take a nature walk.
Wanna learn a cool science factoid we discovered on our excursion? Sunflowers bend in different directions over the course of a day as the sun moves across the sky. Pretty cool, hey?
Seriously. Just hop in the car and go see a favorite spot in nature today!
The “Funflower Patch” (as our 4-year-old calls it) is a sight to behold. It’s easy to reach by car. Simply enter the field via the access road from Jaycox Road off Chester Road (near the 1500 block of Jaycox Road in Avon, Ohio, for GPS/Google Map lovers).
7 Reasons to Visit the Shining Sunflower Fields…
1. Seeing a giant field of sunflowers makes you smile from ear-to-ear.
2. Being in nature makes you feel good. You’ve read those studies on how we release endorphins when we are outside breathing fresh air in nature, haven’t you?
3. You get close to nature. We can all enjoy this refresher from time to time, right?
4. It’s time to take a respite from your hectic “Go-Go-Go” lifestyle. What better place to relax, meditate, reconnect with your inner Self, and recharge your batteries than a gigantic patch filled with giant, welcoming faces smiling at you?
5. You are supporting a positive, life-giving cause. So, logically speaking, you are rad. Prayers From Maria – Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was started in 2008 to raise public awareness and funds in order to bring hope to children and their families who are forced to live with the effects of the disease.
Ed and Megan McNamara asked several friends to help them plant the sunflower field to honor their young daughter, Maria, who died in 2007 of a rare type of brain cancer. During her hospitalization, Maria showed her humility and selflessness. She asked all who visited her to pray for all the other children suffering from gliomas.
6. Seeing a natural wonder is a fab way to connect (or reconnect?) with someone. Rather than meet in a restaurant or in a busy venue with distractions, won’t it be cool to connect while surrounded by nature? Trust me – the sight of this will leave you speechless. Take your favorite little person(s) along. Seeing happy sunflowers engulf and tower over a young child is one of the coolest, most humbling experiences ever. Truly.
7. You deserve it! Treat yourself to this one-off experience. You deserve it.
And will you do a tiny favor for me? Think of Maria and thank her during your visit. There are countless children who need our hopeful thoughts and well-wishes. Then maybe go home and share your experience with someone? Then maybe s/he will tell another. Who will tell another. Who will tell another…
For more information on the “Shining Sunflower Field of Hope” (as my family calls it) bursting with life, hope and brilliant yellows in Avon, Ohio right now, visit these resources:
PrayersFromMaria.org – official website
Charity Navigator – information/statistics on Prayers From Maria Foundation
Avon’s sunflower mile becomes weapon against a rare childhood cancer (slideshow) by James Ewinger on Cleveland.com
Sea of sunflowers along I-90 honors little girl who died of rare cancer by Michael Sangiacomo on Cleveland.com
Song du Jour: The Sunflower Song by Nice Peter