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Can I make friends with dandelions?

Today is National Dandelion Day, a day to celebrate the first weed of spring! 
 
I'm sure it won't be long before I see them popping up in my yard, cascading yellow from house to sidewalk. I will swear at them (they will be unphased), and I will try to dig them up with my trusty garden thingy (their roots will evade my reach and rise to torment again).

I didn't always hate dandelions, and I bet you didn't either. I would pick them and bring them to my mom, who would pretend to like them and put them in a jelly jar filled with water on the windowsill in our kitchen.

I remember once when I was very small, I wandered down the block to a house owned by an old lady who I thought was kind of scary.  Her lawn was FILLED with dandelions, so I was eagerly picking them making a lovely bouquet for my mother. The old lady came out of her house and saw me and I freaked out.... and apologized profusely. I remember she just smiled and told me to pick as many as I wanted.  I did just that, and no longer thought she was very frightening at all.


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04/05/2013 10:18AM
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