When I did our episode on dandelions, I totally forgot that dandelions are the official flower of military children like our Charlie. Like dandelions, military kids are tough and resilient, they flourish anywhere and they put down roots where the wind takes them. I have tremendous respect for the Charlie’s of the world, the Dandelion Children. Charlie has lived in two states and a foreign country, and he’s only four years old. His parents have done a fabulous job helping him adjust and adapt with every move. He is a healthy, happy little boy. When we visited them in Italy last fall, we traveled quite extensively, through eight countries. Every step of the way, Charlie both entertained himself and had the benefit of parents who immersed him in the languages and feel of each country, and worked to enrich his life with experiences few small children get to have. They’ll continue to do that for Charlie as they move through the years.
Charlie is a wonderful example of a Dandelion Child, and he’s in good company. Someone chose the dandelion to represent these kids, and they chose well. These little ones have parents who deploy, sometimes for long stretches. And of course, there are the moves. Through it all, the Dandelion Children learn, adapt, and grow. I absolutely had to honor these incredible kids with a poem and that became a big part of this episode. We lead off with a lighthearted nod to the wonders of tic tac toe. Then on to Dandelion Kids.