Seeing this common weed through the eyes of a child
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.
Dandelions are frequently number one on the homeowner’s most unwanted list.
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.
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 workday 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, then age 3, ran up to greet me holding a big bouquet of dandelions in her little hands.
“Welcome home, Mommy! I picked some beautiful yellow flowers just for you!” she said.
How quickly I found myself loving these little yellow blooms that I previously hoped to never see or hear about again!
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.
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.
“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