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  • Stigma: the part of a flower that receives pollen.
    Stamen: the part of a flower that produces pollen.

    My mother teaches high-school Biology. When I was little, we would collect flower samples from kind neighbors for her lab sessions. Her students would kindly let me climb on top of the high lab stools and peek over their microscopes.

    When I started taking Biology courses on my own, my father, who secretly loves art but teaches science in school, would painstakingly draw diagrams of flowers and tell us stories of the stigma and stamen.

    I have long since left the study of Biology - but I thank my lucky stars each day, for winning the parent lottery. They were not rich, or privileged; they were decent, honest people, who taught me to notice the intricacies of nature, and the meaning of love.
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