Amelia will have dandelions! And, it's still true.

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This blog popped up on my Facebook page today as a "4 Years Ago" memory. It's still true. This little dandelion gardener will be 6 this year. 


I have the most beautiful array of little yellow flowers all over my back yard. Some of my neighbors hate them and do everything they can to get rid of them, but not me. No way. When my little 18 month old granddaughter walks out into the yard and says, "Wow," I'm committed to seeing that pure joy on her face as long as those lovely little dandelions will stay there. 

Amelia loves to pick bouquets of them and carry them around showing everyone. Well, at least she shows her grandparents. She picks up the seed heads and blows them all over the neighborhood. I'm sure my neighbors love me. But, the truth is, I'll give up a perfect lawn for a perfect smile any day. If she wants to be wowed by the dandelions in my yard, then I say, "Let's plant more!" 

Ironically, dandelions have a much broader history than just a gardeners annoyance. I use dandelions as part of my juice drinks. They have great health benefits, but they've also been used to dye clothing and they've even been consumed as a readily available food for humans and animals. They open up every morning to greet the sun, and they go back to sleep in the evening as the moon makes its appearance. 

I do envy my neighbors with their beautifully manicured lawns that are meticulously sculpted to look like perfect in every way, but for the few years that they bring a smile to her face and excitement to her heart, Amelia will have dandelions. Great lawns can wait. Great moments can't.



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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Mike.

So true, we have a sandbox in our backyard, the great grand-kids have so much joy playing in them.  They track it all through the house, leaving deposits on the floor and furniture, it is well worth it

Apr 22, 2020 01:18 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Mike - I remember dandelions as a child but unfortunately not as a "Wow" moment but as notice that I needed to get out to the yard to eliminate them.  It seems as if it is a better idea to think of such "annoyances" as a special gift. 

It is more than perspective but it definitely starts with a shift in thinking.  

Apr 22, 2020 05:51 AM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Mike Cooper, GRI - I have heard this about dandelions.  I remember too blowing those seeds s a child 

Apr 22, 2020 06:40 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

When I was a kid, my dad always kept the lawn meticulous.  He would allow no dandelions to dwell there.  However, my next door neighbor had an abundance of them, and I loved 'em.  Especially, when I could blow the "fairies" away on the past due blossoms.

Apr 22, 2020 08:26 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Mike, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 22, 2020 08:27 AM #5
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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The joy on a child's face is so much more important than a gorgeous lawn. How fantastic.

Apr 23, 2020 06:15 AM #6
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