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my core belongs to Mother Earth 

Each of my four flowers has a meaning.


I drew them and then had them inked onto my body:

a Chrysanthemum for my birth and for the things that bloom while most wither; 

a Plumeria Rubra for its alluring scent and how it too was not native to Asia but blossomed there;

a Dogwood to remind me that Virginia is home and I can always be a princess as it was the flower of my pageant branch; and a rose for softness requires thorns and as the flower of my service sorority, it reminds me to give back.

Who knows what flowers will come next as my I continue to grow.

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