How Pussy Willows Got Their Name
Many springtimes ago, according to an old Polish legend, tiny
kittens had been chasing butterflies at the river's edge and
fell in. The mother cat, helpless to save them, started crying.
The willows at the river's edge swept their long graceful
branches into the water -- the kittens held tightly
to the branches and were rescued.
Each springtime since, goes the legend, willow branches sprout
tiny fur-like buds where the tiny kittens once clung.