Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Apple Of My Eye

"The Apple of My Eye" © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio

Free association is a great way to think of titles for posts. I usually let the image dictate the title and then write my post from there. This week is no exception.

"The apple of my eye" seems like an obvious choice for this one-which led me to look up where that phrase came from, since I'm sure we've all used it many times in our lives. Here's what the Phrase Finder said:


Originally meaning the central aperture of the eye. Figuratively it is something, or more usually someone, cherished above others.


'The apple of my eye' is exceedingly old and first appears in Old English in a work attributed to King Aelfred (the Great) of Wessex, AD 885, titled Gregory's Pastoral Care.

Much later, Shakespeare used the phrase in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1600:

Flower of this purple dye,
Hit with Cupid’s archery,
Sink in apple of his eye

Although I am always curious about where phrases come from, I did not realize that this popular phrase has a handful of Biblical references. I was truly surprised! Wikipedia cites quite a few of these references in case you want to see them.

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sue hanauer said...

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

always one of my favorite verses...and a child's song:
Keep me, Jesus, as the apple of your eye,
Hide me under the shadow of your wings,
Keep your hand upon me lest I die,
Keep me, Jesus, as the apple of your eye.

sue hanauer said...

p.s. Psalm 17:8

robin. said...

It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.

Henry David Thoreau

Happy Weekend my friend.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Thanks for doing that research, and for the sizzling red apple, graced by shadows!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Stunning piece of creative art. Incredible the associations and history of the apple expression.

Leovi said...

I love that apple, beautiful and very interesting!

Ralph said...

We modern people don't think if apples in the same way - in Biblical times, apples may have been rare and as such, a succulent treat. Perhaps that is why an apple is an affirmative thing or trait.

This sculpted apple is a beauty, maybe a modern affirmation of a good life. Nice art!

nature ramblings said...

Love the photo and the great information!! Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing!

Chubskulit Rose said...

The photo itself is a treat and the information you added is an added bonus.

Have a great week ahead!

Ruth Kelly said...

This is an amazing sculpture and your photo is perfect.


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