All the Dandelions by Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp


hadorn-disselkamp_lori“Mom, look at all the beautiful flowers. It’s Spring I can pick you flowers now!” that’s what Jake yelled as he ran across the backyard.

Have you noticed all the beautiful flowers blossoming in the gardens and on the trees? Well, if you have a 5 year old you know that the most wonderful flowers of all are the beloved dandelions. They just love them because they are bright yellow, numerous and we let the kids pick them for us, unlike the tulips in our landscaping. How precious is the child that runs to you and says “I picked it just for you, mom”? He is so proud to give something; he views as unbelievably beautiful to his mom.

If you really consider how much our children can give to us the thoughts are boundless; their love, affection, wisdom, innocence, beauty, friendship, hugs, kisses and the list goes on. But to a child he does not have much to give to a mom maybe a hug, a kiss and a picture from time to time. So to give a flower is a special gift from our children. To us we look out in the yard and think here comes spring how will I ever get rid of all those dandelion weeds in my lawn? But to a child the thought of picking and giving those flowers to his mom is priceless.

So next time your little one gives you a dandelion truly stop and think of how priceless that flower is to him. Stop and consider that your child is not just giving you a weed but his heart because he wants to show you how much he cares!

Copyright 2010 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp


About Author

Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp - mom of 4 teens/wife for 20+ years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and the ability to recognize God. She is a retreat director at Sacred Heart Academy HS. She just earned her MA in Pastoral Ministry as well as a certification in spiritual direction.

1 Comment

  1. Lori, You took the words right out of my mouth! Last week, my little daughter (nearly 4) was ecstatic at all the “flowers” in the yard … until my 10-1/2 yr old told her NOT to give those to Mommy b/c they are “only weeds”. She was heartbroken. Thankfully, he told me about their conversation & I reminded him that when he was 4, he too gave me dandelions & thought them precious flowers for his Mommy. He went right to her & told her that he was wrong, they were flowers for Mommy & she proceeded to run all over the yard ~ front, sides, back ~ and made me a grand bouquet of dandelions which we proudly display on our kitchen counter in a small smoothie container (our vase!). Everytime I look at them, I think, “Weeds? Maybe sometimes…but not when they are given w/such amazing LOVE!” They mean more than roses ever could! God bless your day!

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