This time of year the world around us is bursting with color. Red Tulips, Yellow Daffodils, the full bloom of the Magnolia Tree, the bright yellow Forsythias. Neighbors are planting in their yards flowers of various kind and color. Your eyes take in a rainbow of hues...it makes you smile. The thoughts of the long hard winter, a distant memory. Behold the beauty of spring....you take a deep breath in, smell the fragrant air of the Lilacs...
You spin around and swat, arms flapping at the pesky bee...get out of here! You shout, under a tiny scream. The bee continues to attack...you flap your arms faster and in every direction, now you begin to run...get out of here!!!!! buzz...buzz...buzz....the hungry bee wants his flower!!!! As you are flapping like a crazy person and running (as your neighbor planting his flowers next door tries not to notice) you look down and see just what the bee is after, not you, but the delicious nectar from the all hated DANDELION!
Growing up I can remember my dad always being angry at the Dandelion. He'd buy weed killer and spray them. They would just pop up somewhere else. He'd get companies to come and spray his lawn...again they would just pop up somewhere else. He'd pick and pull them, bury them...but nothing would work. The all mighty Dandelion ruled the yard. Up until this year I felt the same about the evil Dandelion. But this year my two boys changed my vision.
Throughout the Spring I get very excited at the new birth of all that has been asleep over the winter...so each time a new flower or tree would bloom I would exclaim....out loud..."Oh mY GOD that is beautiful!!!" Soon the boys caught on at what I was looking at and we'd drive around to many "Oh mY GODs that is beautiful!" This one particular day I was walking around the yard getting ideas on new flowers to plant and looking at the new blooms coming up. I spotted an evil Dandelion and started to tug at it....Konrad and Koby zoomed over...
"Mommy what are you doing to the poor beautiful flower?" They asked.
"This thing....this is a Dandelion." "Not a flower." I replied
"But mommy...it's beautiful!" "It's yellow!!!"
Ugh...looking down at this monster of the past and pushing away my dad's idea that Dandelions are evil...I noticed the Dandelion for what it was. The kids where right, it was a beautiful yellow. In a big group Dandelions do look beautiful. At night they close up real tight and in the early morning light they spread wide open. BEAUTIFUL. And I couldn't stop there....
DID YOU KNOW....Dandelions are an important source of nectar and pollen for those BUZZING BEES.
Dandelions are also a source of nectar for Pearl-Bordered Fritillary Butterflies, an early emerging spring Butterfly.
Dandelions make a great meal. High in nutrition.
AND- Dandelions leaves are believed to have a diuretic effect!
So I am off to gather dinner in my own back yard....and I can eat an extra cookie or two with out the guilt...thanks to my new friend, the Dandelion. BEAUTIFUL!
- Attleboro, Massachusetss, United States
- Hi. Welcome. I created CookieMOMster because when I was a first time mom 6 years ago cookies saved me. I was in a whirlwind of sleepless nights, crying and baby drool. I ate lots of cookies and began writing. Writing had been my passion since I was young and I had forgotten how much it meant to me. It's funny how these little lives come into your life and cause chaos but at the same time allow you to re-discover yourself. Thank you to Konrad and Koby for that. So sit down have a cookie and read. I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy writing. Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you stopped by.