In defense of the dandelion
(not that you ever needed defending)
I always thrill at the first dandelions --bright yellow bursts in the newly greening lawn
announcing the arrival of summer
I try not to judge too harshly when I hear another exclaim “I hate dandelions” with such rancor as they lop off the poor dandelion’s head, leaving a milky neck-stem behind
I barely resist the temptation to proclaim “I hate begonias!” and rip the entire plant out by its roots.
Instead, I blow gently on each spent dandelion I encounter, dispersing the fluffy seeds---
ensuring that there will be even more next year.
Vivienne Strauss, 5.19.2013