Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Dandelions - a girl obsessed
You may not know but, dandelions don't do well once picked. They disintegrate within an hour. At this moment I have a big cup of dandelion mush on my counter.
Perhaps some of you pragmatic moms wonder why I don't just throw them away or keep them out of the house to start with. I remember being 3 or 4 and picking my mom a "beautiful" bouquet of dandelions and she told me to get the weeds out of her house. I was hurt! I just wanted to show her my love. Before you think my mom was heartless though, I have to say she dutifully cherished the apricot blossoms from the neighbor's tree, even though she'd specifically told us not to pick them because it would stop the apricots from growing, and her own flowers we accidentally ripped up by the roots. She kept our kindergarten pictures and first stories. Despite that, so many years later, I think of that day and decide to keep the mushy dandelions another day or so.
The point of the story really isn't dandelions or my mom. Rather that I remember that incident and it has influenced my parenting decisions. I'm not suggesting we indulge our children every time, just to remember that we were kids too and their feelings really aren't different than ours, just inside smaller bodies.