My mom says that when I was really little, my mom would take me out for walks. And as she pushed me along in my stroller, she would sing the Korean children’s song about 민들레 - dandelions. I was a fussy baby and so to keep me calm, she would have to keep up this singing the whole entire time or I would cry. My mom would run out of songs so she would repeat songs, that one in particular.
Earlier tonight, that song just popped into my head and so I sang the first few lines of it myself. Perhaps that song is part of the reason why I really love dandelions.
Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Dew-Soaked Dandelions by Sharon Johnstone
2000 suspended dandelions - artist Regine Ramseier
Dandelions are actually one of my favorite flowers - is that strange?
It’s true that they are pesky weeds - and when they’re completely in bloom, they’re not exactly the prettiest flower.
But at the heart of that is the dandelion’s true character - dandelions have a strength and hardiness that some of its fragile flower friends don’t possess.
But that doesn’t mean that the dandelion is just tough and cold-hearted. Because then it reveals how soft it is when it bursts into a sphere of little white snowflakes. A million wishes that you set free when you gently puff them out into the wind.
And their names are fun - dandelions. Like they’re dandy lions.