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Dandelions

2010-05-07 22:16 (comments: 0)

What comes to mind when you think of the word „dandelion“? Take a moment to realize what ran through your mind as you were thinking about it ….

The following came to my mind: when my son was younger, between 2 and 5 years old, we lived in Canada in a rented house with a somewhat neglected garden. The house had been empty about a year and the garden showed the lack of care. The flowerbeds and garden were overgrown with weeds, and, in particular, the garden was full of dandelions. As these began to blossom, my son turned into a little gentleman. Every day he would gather a few of these beautiful, yellow flowers and give them to me with a loving and admiring look as only a son can give his mother …. today, as he heads quickly towards puberty, I would occasionally like to remind him of those times …

It seemed like a never-ending blossoming field and even the lawn mower could not master these flowers. As soon as the sharp blades had shaved the flower heads off, new, sun drenched yellow buds were reaching for the sky. Often friends and visitors would provide tips and tricks on how to eradicate this plague of dandelions. For myself, however, these dandelions were wonderful! The children and I made beautiful crowns out of these long stemmed blossoms. The daily flower bouquets that I received from my children filled me with gratitude and love. And as the yellow blossom heads changed into white, fluffy puffballs, we puffed and laughed a lot in our garden.

Isn’t it incredible, how this plant keeps returning and how deep its´ roots grow? No matter how often you pull out the leaves or mow it down, it seems so resilient. Furthermore, the young leaves are a delicious addition to salads. Although my children are older now and I don’t receive dandelion bouquets anymore, I still marvel every year about the number of yellow garden “decorations”. It keeps reminding me that often the “annoying, uncomfortable or unwanted“ holds a lot of positive - one just needs to take a closer look and be more open minded.

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