April 17, 2008 at 4:54 am 4 comments

My daughter is obsessed with dandelions.  She wants to pick dandelions daily.  She collects them like priceless treasures.  She wants me to make up stories about dandelions (which now also usually involve fairies that live among them).

She calls every flower a dandelion and every picture of a flower a dandelion.  Not because she doesn’t have the verbal capacity to name other flowers (in fact, she can say “rhododendron” quite well), but because she loves the bright yellow flowers you can find anywhere and everywhere, and because they turn into wish-makers when they get old.

I know, they’re weeds.  That’s what makes it even cooler.  Her pure joy over a simple weed.  It’s so Buddhist, so Thich Nhat Hanh.  To see the wonder in a weed.  Talk about having enough.

So, to celebrate the joy and beauty of simple flowers, and weeds that pop up to remind us of the real colors of life, here’s a little surprise for you.  Just roll your mouse and click, and think of the thrill of a two-year-old over a dandelion.



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laura  |  April 17, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the flowers!

  • 2. Mrs. Jones  |  April 18, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    I absolutely love this little garden! My kids are having fun making it bloom.

    My family and I recently sold and downsized homes. I was sad about leaving my garden and all the work it entailed. However, we were blessed to have moved into a cute little community surrounded by flowers. Everything is in bloom, from dandelions to the rose garden out in the courtyard. Life without Flora and Fauna would be detestable, wouldn’t it?

  • 3. Bridge  |  April 19, 2008 at 4:29 am

    thank you for the gift. my daughter loves dandelions as well. She makes patterns and shapes with them.

  • 4. kathy  |  May 3, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Just had to write, for I, too, have a fondness for dandelions. Among the immaculate gardens of the Palace of Versailles, I found a dandelion near a sidewalk. Iit was a French variety with slightly different shaped blooms and leaves. I took its picture, and thus was born my fascination. My granddaughter also prizes dandelions and likes to scatter the puff. I enjoyed reading about your daughter and creating the flower garden.


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