Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Dandelion. As common, almost, as the grass in our yard…and sometimes, more common! Every child instantly loves their sunburst blooms at first sight. Show a toddler a dandelion and they'll pluck it and smile. Dandelions delight!
And they keep right on delighting some of us throughout all the days and years and decades of our life. At least they keep delighting me. A bright yellow flower that looks for all the world like a little ball of sunshine.
I don't care if the dandelion's jaunty blooms spatter my lawn. Grass doesn't make me grin; yellow-orange dandelions do! I see one at my feet, lift is from it's hollow stem, give the flower head of soft, "furry" florets a quick sniff and maybe a rub under the nose for old time's sake. And for a moment anyway, the world seems a sweeter, more innocent place where joy and wonder abound…and hatred's bombs and blood and torn lives cannot ever exist.