Dandelions…dear to my daughter’s heart


dandelions
“The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common.
 If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world.”
–Author Unknown


It’s spring and the Dandelions are popping up all over the green grass.


Seeing a bunch of them today reminded me of a time years back when I worked at the local hardware store as a cashier.  It was Springtime and the Lawn and Garden department was very busy selling all the items homeowner’s might need to keep their lawns green and beautiful.  This day in particular many of the customers seemed to be focused on fighting dandelions.  In fact, our supply of dandelion removers was dwindling as the complaints about the “weed” rose higher and higher throughout the day.

I found myself waiting for the work day to end so I could escape this “dandelion frenzy”.  Driving home I recall thinking ” I will be so glad if I never see or hear about a dandelion again !”

Yet, when I got home a surprise awaited me.  My daughter was waiting for me with a big bouquet of dandelions in her little hands.  “Welcome home Mommy!  I picked some beautiful yellow flowers just for you!” she said.

Dandelions !
How quickly I found myself loving these little yellow blooms that I previously hoped to avoid.  As I hugged my daughter and helped her put them into a water filled vase, a new appreciation for dandelions came over me. Though they might be a nuisance to landscapers, they are loved by children and mothers.

My thought today, on “Earth Day” is:
May we all see the world through the eyes of a child.

Let’s take time to see the beauty and wonder of the earth around us.
Let’s pick a bouquet of dandelions for our table and stop to give thanks to their Creator for giving us beauty and color in our world.

Dandelions actually have many good uses.  Check the links below for some interesting facts about them.

http://www.naturewatch.ca/english/plantwatch/dandelion/fun_facts.html

http://mydandelionisaflower.org/did-you-know/

http://www.ehow.com/about_5374101_dandelion-flower.html

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/dandelion-herb.html

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