Clytie (pronounced "clee tee") was a sea creature who wore beautiful green gowns made of seaweed. Her long golden hair floated about her as she swam in the sea.
One day Clytie heard a mermaid singing a song about a golden light above the water. Clytie wanted to see it.
She swam to the surface and climbed out of the water onto the shore. She saw the golden light described in the song. It was the sun! She gazed at it all day.
When she finally turned towards the water, she saw her reflection. Her golden hair had become yellow petals. Her green gown had become leaves. Her small feet had become roots. She had become a sunflower.
To this day, sunflowers turn to face the sun so that they can look at it all day as it travels across the sky.