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dandelion magic


after a run of days that include someone pooping in my bed, a bathroom sink overflowing, a small fire in the kitchen, violence among young ones, news of death in iraq over and over again, moments that bring me pause and wonder if peace is possible, i gladly write about dandelions.

micah came home with some magic i didn’t know about. when you pick a dandelion and split the stem,

straight stem

put it in a glass of water

dunk it in water

the stem curls.

stem curls

so go get a dandelion and enjoy this treat of nature. may peace and love and compassion, hope and joy and wonder curl around us all

curled dandelion stem

9 comments on “dandelion magic

  1. Dad/Opa
    April 25, 2008

    Wow! When I saw these pictures of that curling stem, I thought to myself: what a beautiful image for the “Realm of God” — there’s presence, there’s definition, there’s shape, but there’s also a lot of space and so much air! How wonderful. Praise be to God.

    Love you all so much!

  2. Grandma Vicki
    April 25, 2008

    There are so many wonderful things out there to learn. Thank goodness for kids who help us along the way!

  3. johnkarinkw
    April 26, 2008

    Ooo, I remember doing that as a kid. We would split a whole bunch of them and soak them together to get them to intertwine as they curled. (There’s a metaphor there, I’m sure!) Then we’d wear them like necklaces.

  4. molly
    April 26, 2008

    we are off to pick some dandelions – always looking for magic, thanks for sharing yours.

  5. auntiebonita
    April 26, 2008

    Wow! Way to stay in your happy place amidst everything less happy.

  6. Bex
    April 27, 2008

    Poppy will LOVE this!!!
    It takes us hours to get anywhere now ’cause she has to pick every single ‘tanpopo’ she sees…Xxx

  7. Kate
    April 27, 2008

    Oh honey, it sounds like you had SOME week!! Hooray that it’s the weekend.
    That’s a pretty neato dandelion trick, with some pretty excellent photos I might add. I have a feeling we will be trying this today, thanks for sharing : )

  8. Auntie Bri
    April 27, 2008

    That’s neat. But my real question here is, when your kids decide to stop sleeping with you and Jerry completely, will you guys get a new bed? There really have been several stories of peeing on it…. and now pooping? oy. :)

  9. shelley caskey
    April 27, 2008

    amen to this! neat dandelion trick – i’m going to try it!

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