It’s that time of year… when I work out in my huge yard for hours on end, loving the quiet time of meditation.  Much of the time – perhaps the majority – is spent on dandelions.

I ask myself why.  Why can’t these little beauties just stay?  They’re amazing.  They survive all the elements, and the yellow flowers are so vibrant!  Like little miniature mums… soft as velvet.  And that puff ball!  More delightful than bubbles in a bottle.

So why should I put such effort into getting rid of them?  It was easy to come up with my answer.  They’re inappropriate, that’s why.  They would be splendid in a wild meadow.  I would enjoy an entire sea of them.  But they just don’t belong in my lawn of Bermuda grass.

And while I worked away with my knife and my bucket, I thought of so many delightful things.  The hysterical giggling of a toddler.  The carefree clothing at a beach party.  Fun music turned up loud.  Eating chocolate.  Gazing at the stars for hours.  There’s nothing wrong with any of these things.  Nothing wrong at all.  Until they’re done at an inappropriate place, or at the wrong time, or for way too long.  And that’s when they become weeds in a manicured yard.

Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with society.  Seems like the boundaries get pushed further all the time.  We humans know whether or not our actions are appropriate.  We know good and well what we’re doing.  Oh, how I hope our lawns aren’t consumed with dandelions!

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7 Responses to “Dandelions”

  1. Bette says:

    They start as one little dandlelion and soon take over the entire yard. Much like us saying it will not hurt if I just do this one time. I love the lessons that God teaches us in nature!

  2. Katie says:

    Thanks for this reminder, Sandy. We should all examine ourselves more often and make sure we aren’t dandelions in the lawn!

  3. Sandy says:

    Thanks for the comments Bette & Katie. So many great lessons learned from God’s nature. So easy to let the dandelions in life get out of control!

  4. Marcea Clive says:

    And the real lesson: “Oh, how deceiving is that pretty little yellow flower!”
    Some things are made to be so attractive to us.
    Thanks, Sandy.

  5. Lori says:

    One of my favorite writings! Love your lessons!

  6. Sandy says:

    Thank you Lori! It’s funny… when I write for my “ranting and raving” category, those always seem to get the most “likes”. Ha ha! Maybe I should take up ranting and raving full time! =)

  7. randy says:

    Dandelions … I refuse to consider dandelions weeds. You hit ‘the nail right on the thumb’ when you spoke of their beauty.
    Take over the yard? And just what is wrong with that? It seems to me that imported grasses should always take second place to the riotous existence of the dandelion. In fact, maybe god has a plan that includes NOT seeing dandelions as a curse, but rather as a beautiful dab of color in the over-controlled world we battle daily?
    As an autodidact, iconoclast and your neighbor … I just thought I’d throw in my 0.0000000005% …


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