Clytie was a beautiful sea nymph. She had gorgeous yellow curls and a fine pink complexion. All the sea animals loved Clytie for her warm and friendly. One sunny morning when Clytie woke up, she heard her friend, Serena the mermaid sing a melodious song about a golden light. “A golden light?” asked Clytie. “Yes, it’s the most radiant light and it spreads its warmth across the whole universe,” replied Serena. “I want to see the light!” said Clytie. Serena and Clytie swam to the surface. “Look, it’s here high up in the sky!” said a thrilled Serena as she pointed to the big golden sun. Clytie stood gazing at the dazzling sun and refused to go home. As days passed, her long golden tresses slowly changed to bright yellow petals and her dainty feet into nimble roots. Clytie had become a sunflower! To this day the sunflower gazes at the sun high up in the sky and receives its golden warmth.
Source: 365 Folk Tales - OmBooks International