Leona J. Atkinson
Jul 22 · 3 min read

Seeing this common weed through the eyes of a child

Yellow Dandelions in green grass
Yellow Dandelions in green grass
Photo from Pixabay.com by mladinus

In the spring, much to the dismay of most homeowners, dandelions begin to pop up all over, infiltrating lawns and adding multitudes of yellow polka dots to the beautiful green grass.

Seeing a bunch of them today growing in my neighbor’s yard reminded me of a time years back when I worked at a local hardware store as a cashier.
It was springtime, and the Lawn and Garden department was very busy selling all the items homeowners might need to keep their lawns green and beautiful.

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 workday to end so I could escape this “dandelion frenzy.”

Yet, when I got home a surprise awaited me.

My daughter, then age 3, ran up to greet me holding a big bouquet of dandelions in her little hands.

Child holding a bouquet of yellow dandelions
Child holding a bouquet of yellow dandelions
Photo from Pixabay.com by Pezibear

Dandelions!

As I hugged my daughter and helped her put the precious yellow “flowers” into a water-filled vase, a new appreciation for dandelions came over me.

Though dandelions might be a nuisance to landscapers, they are loved by children and mothers, and I think God made them just for children to pick for they are abundant and free.

My thought today:
May we all see the world through the eyes of a child and take time to see the beauty and wonder in the earth around us.

A yellow dandelion in green grass with a rock that says Happy
A yellow dandelion in green grass with a rock that says Happy
Photo from Unsplash.com by Szilvia Basso

“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

— Leona J. Atkinson

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