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"The poppy was chosen because it was the flower growing wild on war-torn Flanders Field describe in the poem '"In Flander's Field'" by Col. John MacRae. Imagine a muddy field during battle with the dead and injured lying on the ground. Hear the gunshots and smell the fear. Then picture the bright red flowers growing up out of the bloody ground, nodding in the breeze". Why the poppy was chosen as a flower of remembrance for our veterans on Memorial day.

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I have always wondered why the American Legion gives out poppies on Memorial Day. That was beautiful!

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Isn't it the maker of illegal drugs too (lol). On the serious side, love them as a flower, but I seem to remember that some folks use the seed for drugs???
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"The poppy was chosen because it was the flower growing wild on war-torn Flanders Field describe in the poem '"In Flander's Field'" by Col. John MacRae. Imagine a muddy field during battle with the dead and injured lying on the ground. Hear the gunshots and smell the fear. Then picture the bright red flowers growing up out of the bloody ground, nodding in the breeze". Why the poppy was chosen as a flower of remembrance for our veterans on Memorial day.

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The poppy for opium is different (mostly different) than the poppy for our memorial flowers. Though there is some medicinal quality to any poppy, like the seeds we put on rolls, very few will sprout. I know I tried as a teenager I was curious because I read an article. Outside of curiosity I was never a drug user. What can I say I am a highly curious person. My thought was survival and pain meds if none were available. Too few sprouted to have any value.

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Like you I never did drugs. In fact I never smoked or drank, not that I did not think about it growing up smile
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The poppy for opium is different (mostly different) than the poppy for our memorial flowers. Though there is some medicinal quality to any poppy, like the seeds we put on rolls, very few will sprout. I know I tried as a teenager I was curious because I read an article. Outside of curiosity I was never a drug user. What can I say I am a highly curious person. My thought was survival and pain meds if none were available. Too few sprouted to have any value.

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I did smoke, and rarely drink. I have to have an ice cream made grasshopper every couple of years. Though, with today's food flavorings I could probably come up with a drink very similar, though there is more alcohol in some flavoring than in liquors.

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Hey, my vice is FOOD!!!! If I could, I would sit and eat all day. Now not healthy, junk (lol). I finally realized that I am a "food addict" = made my life a whole lot better. Now I know I cannot work for a food establishment because of my addiction and make sure I am not hanging out at home to be in the kitchen too much smile
Originally Posted By: Diana-Exotic Pets Editor
I did smoke, and rarely drink. I have to have an ice cream made grasshopper every couple of years. Though, with today's food flavorings I could probably come up with a drink very similar, though there is more alcohol in some flavoring than in liquors.

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I can relate to that entirely. I think it was my mother's way of soothing over problems, bake a cake or a pie, homemade candy. Now I see it as comfort food. Get stressed - eat. My folks both died a short time ago but when they were still alive, and when my son was still alive they came to help me out during my first chemo. Every day she would bake. I find myself doing the same thing.

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I am working on day #2 of not using food for comfort. And it is SO HARD. Between living with a man after over 20 years of not and not working, girl!!!! But I know I have an "addiction" and no longer look down at drug addicts or alcoholics - handling an addiction is sometimes a "second by second" thing. But I have to do this as my size 10 jeans(my favorite/lol) is getting tight. Hey, too hard to find clothes that I love and look good at soon to be age 53. That alone is what is keeping me away from my usual daily "junk" food. I con't care if I don't have any in the house, the temptation to find some no matter what the time is, exists frown But I have done this before and refuse to go back to my size 20 plus clothes!!!!
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I can relate to that entirely. I think it was my mother's way of soothing over problems, bake a cake or a pie, homemade candy. Now I see it as comfort food. Get stressed - eat. My folks both died a short time ago but when they were still alive, and when my son was still alive they came to help me out during my first chemo. Every day she would bake. I find myself doing the same thing.

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I wish you all the strength. I am truly hoping after my next spine surgery I'll enjoy hiking and such again. I just love to be outdoors walking miles. Just can't do it anymore. Back then I was fit and trim.

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