Thursday has come again and it’s been a beautiful week:)
And what may you ask am I thankful for today? Today I’m thinking about Dandelions…
Seven more hours here at the office and then I’ll be heading home to work in my yard! Most likely the boyfriend will be working on the lawn while I pot flowers. See, we have this “problem” with our lawn–the “problem” is that we are overrun with dandelions.
If we had a large property in the country with meadows full of dandelions and wild flowers I’d be in heaven. Unfortunately, we have a small lawn in the suburbs where one is required to keep the yard mown. And as we all know dandelions grow 5 times as fast as the lawn. And they multiply like crazy!
And it just isn’t practical to mow the lawn 3 times a week just to keep up with the dandelions…so unfortunately…they must go. However that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate them before they go.
1. I’m thankful for the carefree memories of childhood that the dandelion brings back to me.
2. I am thankful for the reminder that wishes are as plentiful as a field full of dandelions.
3. I am thankful for the responsibility of having my own yard and lawn for which to care.
“The dandelion‘s pallid tube/ Astonishes the grass,/ And winter instantly becomes/ An infinite alas.” ~~ Emily Dickinson quotes
“A weed is but an unloved flower.” ~~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“But a weed is simply a plant that wants to grow where people want something else. In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit. Weeds are people’s idea, not nature’s.” ~~ Author Unknown
“Weeds are nature’s graffiti.” ~~ Janice Maeditere
“No creature is fully itself till it is, like the dandelion, opened in the bloom of pure relationship to the sun, the entire living cosmos.” ~~ D.H. Lawrence
“It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stony street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.” ~~ Henry Ward Beecher
“If dandelions were rare and fragile, people would knock themselves out to pay $14.95 a plant, raise them by hand in greenhouses, and form dandelion societies and all that. But they are everywhere and don’t need us and kind of do what they please. So we call them “weeds,” and murder them at every opportunity. Well, I say they are flowers, by God, and pretty damn fine flowers at that.” ~~ Robert Fulghum
“I have decided that the real American Beauty isn’t the rose but the dandelion. The common dandelion is not a native American. Like most of our ancestors, it didn’t travel first class, and there is no record of its arrival on our shores. All we know is that it seems to have come from Europe, and like those “huddled masses” who sought a better life in a newer world, the dandelion put down roots and thrived.” ~~ Samuel Pickering, Jr.
What are you thankful for this Thursday??