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For all the lawns of Dandelion weed seeds

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I wish this story in the Christian Science Monitor by Miriam C. Daum existed when I was a kid, getting yelled at for blowing dandelion weed seeds over my dad’s lawn. I could have used it to explain what I could not articulate to him then: Dandelions belong everywhere; to be eaten, smeared, plucked into bouquets, roasted as coffee (who knew?), extracted for honey, and spread with giant gusts of late summer breath.

A perfect example of taking something so everyday as your appreciation for dandelions and stringing a personal essay full of research, insights and plenty of arguments on behalf of this beautiful yellow flower; striking a careful balance between nostalgia, opinion and fact.

My fondest memories of playing on sports teams include

1) picking dandelions in the outfield and storing them in my softball mitt

2) smearing the year petals across my cheeks and forehead, to intimidate opposing soccer teams, of course.

My favorite excerpts:

But maybe in their happiest task of all – dandelions are a children’s flower. Unburdened by adult “do-not-touch” admonitions like those for thorny roses, dainty delphiniums, or elegant orchids, dandelions seem to welcome the embrace of small, sweaty hands.


There, “dandelion children” is a term describing those who, although neglected by their parents and left to fend for themselves, somehow keep their faces “turned toward the sun” and, in spite of all, survive and bloom and grow.

Read the whole essay here.


Written by abragoes

April 10, 2008 at 7:24 pm

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  1. Among alleged weeds, dandelions are definitely the most fun to play with.

    Also, glad I’m not the only one whose highlights of sports played are all not related to the sport itself.


    April 14, 2008 at 1:41 am

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