The month that starts today, אִייָר or אִיָּר, borrows its name (as do all the months) from those of Babylonia, in commemoration of our exile there — and our redemption from it. In Akkadian, the month name is “Ayyaru”, meaning “blossom” — logical enough for this time of year. But that brings to mind a piece of wisdom from an eponymous character:
Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.
- Eeyore; A.A. Milne
It’s a human decision that differentiates weeds from wildflowers.
(For more on the subject of how we choose to perceive the world we encounter, see this entry on the relationship between free will and environment.)