Yep, dandelions. I’ve always thought they were pretty things, even as I’m digging them out of my yard. And I never outgrew blowing on them in their white fuzzy form and making wishes. But then, I believe in fairies, so what do we expect, right?
So I was hoping that little ones would find dandelions as much fun as I do, and I put together a GG Sprinkles episode on them. Since dandelions say summer to me, I included a poem on staying cool in this troubled time when not all pools are open still in June and some may not open at all. To prep for this episode, I decided I needed a big bouquet of dandelions to display. Easy, right? Wrong! We drove to all the places I remembered dandelions growing in profusion and found almost nothing. What we did find was pretty pitiful. I was underwhelmed with their size and color. I’ve noticed that this seems to be the case with a lot of things I’m used to seeing in nature. It’s like the world is so topsy turvy with illness and turmoil that growing seasons are off and nature’s putting the brakes on with some of its beauty. But that’s probably just my angst kicking in. At any rate, we found a few dandelions to display. My daughter Katie had told me earlier in the day about putting the seed dandelions in a jar and attaching a tea light to the lid. I decided to do that as a pretty way to display the few white fuzzy dandelions I had found. Last night I made a dandelion ring to wear, and it was quick and fun to make. I like to at least suggest a craft idea when I find relevant ones, and this one is pretty cute.
I think there is so much going on in children’s lives these days that it really emphasizes my goal as GG Sprinkles. I want to do sweet topics as much as possible. We’ve covered topics such as toys, music boxes, earthworms, puppets, snow, zebras. I want them to be able to watch and enjoy, be entertained for around five minutes, and not worry about the loud voices and social distancing. Are these things important? Of course. Vitally so. But I’m sure that parents are sheltering the very young ones as much as possible; there will be a time and a place for the rest of life. And if something as innocent as dandelions and running through sprinklers can be injected into their day, maybe I’ve contributed a few minutes in the still of the day that asks nothing of them except that they be entertained. And it makes me happy to think that’s the case. ❤️