Simple Pleasures in Life
When I was a kid, every summer my mother would complain about all the little yellow flowers that were growing in our lawn. Personally, I thought they were pretty. The yellow color intermingled with the grass,was very eye appealing to me. It took me a few years to realize that these beautiful flowers were the same plants that resembled feathery ghosts later in the summer. I did not have a lot of time to pay attention to these details as I was whisked off to summer camp early in the morning and did not return until late in the afternoon.
The summer I turned ten, my relatives came to visit Boston from New Jersey. My two cousins and I were in the backyard doing some exploring. One of them picked up a fossilized flower and blew on it. A most amazing thing happened. All of the white whisps were carried into the air and were carried away with the breeze. I was mesmerized. I had no idea that these remnants had any value. I just figured they would eventually wither away and be lost to the dirt forever.
The three of us sat in the backyard plucking and sending these ghosts into the air for a long time. In the process we were laughing and giggling. There was a competition going on to see which one of us could send our tendrils in the breeze. This all came to a complete stop when my mother , aunt and uncle came outside and saw what we were doing. We were all in the soup after that. We had no idea that what we thought were simply harmless puffs of white, still carried the seed of life.
The following summer my mother made sure she THANKED me for all the additional yellow flowers that appeared in our lawn that summer. What I learned from this experience is that something can be learned from the simplest pleasures in life. I also learned that in mother nature EVERYTHING has a purpose even when it may not appear as though it does. This lesson has remained with me all through my life. In some of my darkest moments I have used this memory to remind me that there is something of purpose regardless of how dire things may seem. And that there is LIFE in the most overlooked things around me. If you are facing some obstacles in your life that seem too hard to overcome, take a good look around you for your DANDELIONS ...