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The dandelion in the spring March 31, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 5:15 pm

What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. (from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins)

Winter in the northeast was mild this year—considerably milder than last year when this Texas transplant felt like she was frozen over heart and soul. I remember that when the first flowers began to bloom last year I was overwhelmed by a sense of relief. Life washed over me in waves of cheerful color, mild fragrance, the sound of birds singing. The heaviness and dirtiness and emptiness of winter peeled back to reveal renewal and hope and promise. This year, I feel it less acutely, but not less significantly. There’s no other way to say it—I love spring. And I need it. I need the hope it brings and the freshness. I need clusters of dandelions that make me believe in possibilities. I want bright tulips and daffodils to remind me that warmth follows austerity. That all of life flows through seasons and changes. I think we all need that.

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4 Responses to “The dandelion in the spring”

  1. If you want a break from extreme minus degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit, visit Bombay! Our lowest ever here was 8•C. Winter here is a breeze, both figuratively and literally speaking! But I can’t deny that the sight of a flower in full bloom brings immediate bliss to the heart.

  2. amanda Says:

    Have you quoted anything from the Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins? I just finished the first one out of the series; I really liked it. Great adventure, but some good, heartfelt lessons and importance of loving. When I read the following quotes, it made me think of your blog – a great place of children’s book quotes!

    “Gregor nodded. He could never hate people very long because he always ended up finding out something sad about them that he had to factor in. Like this kid at school everybody hated because he was always pushing little kids around and then one day they found out his dad had hit him so much, he was in the hospital. With stuff like that, all Gregor could feel was bad.”

    “Even if times got bad, he would never again deny himself the possibility that the future might be happy even if the present was painful. He would allow himself dreams.”


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