I don’t know about you, but our family has certainly been enjoying all of the signs of spring that have been popping up all over our yard. In particular, DANDELIONS! Though he’s a fan of all flowers, Cragbaby seems to have developed a special affinity for these yellow beauties that most of us would cast aside as weeds. Morning after morning C delightedly runs through the yard exclaiming, “Yeh-ya fwah-fwah” (yellow flower). Being the sweet and charming boy that he is (hopefully he’ll stay this way!), the majority of flowers he picks all end up lovingly smashed into his Mommy’s outstretched hands. At first I tried to preserve the thoughtful moment by taking them inside and putting them in a vase, but it didn’t work out to well since C’s picking strategy usually involves plucking the flower only, leaving only a hint of a stem with which to form a bouquet.
But as much as he loves those tiny little dots of sunshine, his favorite part about dandelions is not the actual flower, but the seed head. Those delicate little puff balls can provide hours of entertainment for both Cragbaby as well as his Mommy. He tries his best to scatter all the seeds, his little mouth shaped into an imperfect “O,” but eventually resorts to pulling them off by hand.
What I find ironic is that these same little weeds that C finds so fascinating would be dismissed as an annoying eye-sore to most. No adult that I’ve ever met is thrilled about having dandelions dotting their perfectly manicured lawn. But lucky for C (although maybe not our neighbors), landscaping has never really been our “thing,” so he can putz around and enjoy his weed garden as often as he’d like. Companies like the Bronx tree company is assisting homeowners by helping make their garden safer, by getting rid of the unwanted tree debris so that parents can leave their children to play freely in the yard without any fear.
As a side note, I looked up some info about dandelions and found out that they actually can be quite beneficial in some circles. Apparently the dandelion is a good companion plant for gardeners, as it taproot brings vital nutrients closer to the surface, making them more available for shallow-rooted plants. Dandelion is one of the ingredients in root beer, and also has mild anti-inflammatory properties.
So the next time you’re tempted to steamroll over the latest carpet of bright yellow weeds in your backyard, take some time to appreciate their unique beauty. Dandelions might not be one of God’s finest creations, but as far as Cragbaby’s concerned they are definitely worth keeping around! Does anyone else’s toddler have a love for some of the more unappreciated aspects of natural beauty?