Wishes Made On Dandelions

Dandelion

Dandelions eventually turn to white globes of exposed seeds that are often called puffballs.  Those puffballs are capable of dispersing their seeds over long distances especially when there is a stiff breeze.  Some dandelions don’t need to wait for the wind, as they are plucked by happy children making wishes, who blow the seeds into the air.  It is uncertain, when or why people started making wishes on dandelions, as these flowers (sometimes called weeds) have been around for thousands of years.

Many people believe that dandelion seeds will carry your thoughts and dreams to loved ones when you blow them into the air.  Others believe that dandelions may be able to tell you if you’re loved.  The legend says that, if you can blow all the seeds off a dandelion with a single breath, then the person you love will love you back.  If seeds remain, then the object of your affection may have reservations about their feelings toward you.  One thing that is almost certain is that blowing a dandelion’s seeds into the air will most likely have some consequences, as when those seeds fall on fertile soil, you will probably see a lot of new dandelions growing in the spot where they land!

I have kissed the clock at 11:11 to find a new love and I have broken some wishbones back in the day, hoping to be the one who got the larger half and thus got my wish.  I have also been known to make wishes on coins dropped into fountains, shooting stars and four-leaf clovers, as well as dandelions, while thinking hard about the objects of my affections.  I have spent many an afternoon searching for that perfect dandelion who was crying for me to release its seeds to the air with my breath.  As with all wishes, if you want them to come true, you should never tell anyone what you are wishing for, or else you wish will be jinxed.

Instead of saying she loves me or she loves me not while picking the petals off a daisy, I would rather be blowing the seeds off a dandelion globe.  I am concentration on my wish, as I hold the fluffy, feathery head of my dandelion up to my mouth and I make sure that I am turned away from the direction of the breeze, so it does not blow back into me. I want my dandelion to have a good long flight for the magic to be at its best.  I try to blow all the seeds off with one breath, but if in case I am not able to accomplish this, I will just find another one and try again.  I will relish the sight of my dandelion seeds floating away, while watching my wish being sent out to the gods of fate.  Magic is in the air as I am waiting for my wish to come true.

People actually eat dandelions and the greens are bitter and they taste like endive and chicory. The flowers are bittersweet, but they are often added to salads.  Dandelions are loaded with vitamins A and C, lutein (which helps protect against cataracts and macular degeneration) and zeaxanthin (for eye health reducing the risk of light-induced oxidative damage that could lead to macular degeneration), and an assortment of other minerals.  Some people make and drink dandelion wine.  The word dandelion comes from the French name for the plant dents de lion.  This means teeth of the lion and it refers to the jagged edges of the leaf on this plant.  Dandelions are an important source of food for bees, because they bloom early and virtually last all growing season long, providing abundant pollen for food.  It is estimated that nearly 100 species of insects count on this pollen for food.

My dad always thought that the dandelion was a dreaded weed that needed be killed. This was not always an easy task for him, since the taproot is deep in the ground, often being rooted 2 to 3 feet deep into the soil, and it is twisted, and brittle, thus making it hard to get the whole root out with one pull.  In order to kill the dandelion, it must be removed all the way down to the root, or it will most likely grow back.  These bastards are difficult to completely eliminate, and unless the entire plant (root and all) of the dandelion is dug out and removed they will probably grow right back.  Spraying some poison that does not harm the surrounding grass is the best way to eliminate this broadleaf perennial that is able to grow in any soil.  A dandelion plant, like all other plants, it wants to make more plants.  To do this, it creates flowers, and those flowers eventually create dandelion seeds.  The main problem with dandelions is that once you get one dandelion, then you probably soon have many dandelions.

Children that don’t know any better, think that the dandelion is a delightful yellow flower that is meant to be collected and given to their mothers.  When this plant turns into a round ball of seeds it is fun to watch them flying in the air like little helicopters. The magic begins when the fluff is blown, and the helicopter seeds scatter and fly through the air.  I will end this post with an old song that I hope you enjoy.

Rolling Stones – Dandelion

Prince or pauper, beggar man or thing
Play the game with ev’ry flower you bring
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion
One o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock, four o’clock chimes
Dandelions don’t care about the time
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion
Tho’ you’re older now it’s just the same
You can play this dandelion game
When you’re finished with your childlike prayers
Well, you know you should wear it
Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailors lives
Rich man, poor man, beautiful, daughters wives
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion
Little girls, and boys come out to play
Bring your dandelions to blow away
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion

Written for Sammi Cox Author Aspiring Weekend Writing Prompt #26 – Wishes

13 thoughts on “Wishes Made On Dandelions

  1. I never thought I’d ever know this much about dandelions. I know that enough Round Up sprayed on them will kill ‘em dead. And, like your father felt, I believe the best dandelion is a dead dandelion.

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  2. Dandelion I thought was always associated with fertility. And just like every other superstition, it crossed into the minds of lovers or couples. I did try to blow one though, just one. And that too pre puberty. (I was copying one of my cousins.)

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  3. I refuse to spray for weeds in my backyard as I don’t want my dachshunds exposed to too many chemicals, needless to say I have much healthier dandelions than Bermuda in my lawn. It’s nice to know I’m helping pollinate the neighborhood.

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