Friday, July 16, 2010


He took great pride in his lawn and tried every method he knew to get rid of a large crop of dandelions.  He wrote the Department of Agriculture explaining every method he had tried and asked them, “What shall I do now?”  In due course the reply came: “We suggest you learn to love them.”

This Flash Fiction Friday 55 (hosted by G-Man) was paraphrased from the book, The Song of the Bird by Anthony de Mello.  It happened to be my meditation reading for the day and was so applicable to my post yesterday and also to my planned post earlier this morning that I think it was meant to be.  I love when God places themes in my life because I’m a little slow on the uptake at times! (grins)  Happy Weekend, Everyone!

P. S. My five year old daughter loves dandelions.  She picks them all of the time for me. “Here, mommy, I picked you some pretty flowers,” she says.  I always thank her and tell her how beautiful they are.  Even more exciting for her is when the dandelions are in the white puffy stage.  She can spot one a mile away and will run to it, pick it, blow the small white seeds off and watch them dance away in the wind with an expression of pure wonder and amazement on her precious little face.


  1. oh i love dandelions when they are white and to blow them and watch them drift in the breeze and dream i could as well. nice 55.

  2. Such a wonderfu and inspiring post!
    I love it! Hope you have a weekend full of dandelions! :-)

  3. Anthony DeMello is one of my favourite authors! His little book The Way To Love has been a meditation book I've used so much that I had to tape it together.

  4. Learn to Love them...
    I LOVE that Philosophy!!
    I Loved this 55 My Friend.
    I love Dandelion Wine.
    Thank You for playing so well today, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

  5. aw, who could resist a handful of dandelions, especially from a 5 year old munchkin?? your 55 is so much fun, marie, and what a great comeback to an age old problem of trying to eradicate the lovely little boogers!!

  6. What a sweet picture the 55 goes perfectly with it.

    Ya gotta live with 'em and love blowing them into the wind.

    happy weekend to you

    Moon smiles

  7. This is huge wisdom in few words - and beautifully expressed: Learn to love the things you can't get rid of - and discover their beautiful sides
    I like this one A LOT!!!!
    Hugs - Claudia

  8. I have various containers containing dandelions in the spring. I love their happy yellow faces.....

  9. Very neat. I like the idea of coming to love them. And yes, I like the ones that I can blow on and their seeds are scattered to make more.

  10. Thanks for all of the wonderful comments!


Thank you for sharing!