Letting My Inner Child Out to Play: Dandelions


One of my life’s simple pleasures, dating back to childhood, is picking a dandelion, making a wish, and blowing its fuzzy seeds to the wind.  I don’t remember the wishes I made as a child, but I’m guessing I wished for things for myself.

Though I’ve matured into an adult, I’ve retained my childlike wonder where nature is concerned, and still enjoy scattering the pieces of a dandelion’s translucent globe with a gust of breath.  However, I no longer spend my wishes on myself.

These days, when I pause to pick a dandelion and make a wish, I tend to wish for something that would benefit others.  You know – things like world peace, and happiness and good health for those in need of one or both.

Age has brought (at least some) wisdom, and I know that I need to make my own wishes and dreams come true.  Luck certainly helps, but I’ve found that action and hard work are usually far more effective than wishes.

So I’ll continue to indulge the child in me by picking, wishing, and blowing dandelion seeds to the wind.  I’ll use this simple gesture to put my good intentions and love for others out into the universe.  I’ll also keep working hard – moving steadily towards my hopes and dreams…

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted June 21, 2011 at 9:14 am by Sherry Winchester | Permalink

    What a sweet and insightful sentiment, Melody. I, too, long ago, stopped wishing for myself…it’s always for others now. But remember, “what goes around, comes around”. It will always find its way back home…..Take care…Sherry…:^)

  2. Posted June 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    It was always a treat to find a complete one and try very hard not to knock off any of the seeds before I could blow my head off and hope for my wish! What a nice memory you’ve brought up. Also, love the photo; that is the biggest dandelion I’ve ever seen! LOL!

  3. Posted June 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm by Melody | Permalink

    The dandelion in my photograph isn’t your “average” dandelion. I found some HUGE dandelions while on a road trip about four years ago, and stopped to take some pictures. I decided to use this particular photo because of the sky in the background…
    Thank you for commenting!

  4. Posted June 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm by Melody | Permalink

    I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Thank you for commenting – I always appreciate your feedback…