They’re just dandy with me.

May 3rd, 2007

I’ve never understood why people hate dandelions. They turn a Spring meadow into a field full of gold and later they fill the air with fluff that floats on the wind like angel feathers.

Why is the whisper-soft dandelion a weed and a thorn-girded rose a treasure?

When I was a little boy of five or six, an old man berated me for blowing dandelion seeds off a stem. In that moment, he turned something joyful into something fearful. Now, as a middle-aged adult, I wish I could find that man’s grave. I suspect it’s covered with dandelions. And if it is not, I would gladly plant a few there so that when the wind blows the wisps would rise into the air like soaring spirits leaving the clay of their earthly birth behind.

Maybe then, he’d come to believe that dandelions are just dandy, too.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dean  |  May 3rd, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    I agree. Plus you can make a decent tea from the leaves. And I swear they throw some in those bags of Spring Mix.

  • 2. phel  |  May 3rd, 2007 at 1:19 pm


    That’s my only issue with ’em.

    Other than that, oui, they make a wonderful salad (“dent-de-lion” – tooth of the lion, en francais)

  • 3. Administrator  |  May 3rd, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    In my neighborhood, if there are any dandelions in my yard my neighbors treat me like I have AIDS and I’m trying to have unprotected relations with their daughters. :(

  • 4. triticale  |  May 3rd, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    I tell my neighbors my lawn is green and gold to honor the Packers.

  • 5. Billiam  |  May 3rd, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Don’t forget Dandelion fluff. It helps you see all the pretty colors!

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