They say that as they age, beautiful, yellow dandelions become white and wispy so the wind can carry their souls. But all I see is magic, wishes and dreams. Hopes, aspirations and inspiration. I don’t see a field of weeds, only a field of wishes waiting to be carried away to faraway places.

These seeds were my inspiration as I grew from child to adult. As an infant, I was always looking for fairies inside bluebells and harebells. Under mushrooms and toadstools. In my world, dandelion seeds were fairies in disguise and I was setting them free to go on a new journey. Journeys I would later write about in my children’s stories.

I learned to count and tell the time by setting the seeds free. Then came love. If all the seeds were dispersed in one blow, then I would marry the one I was in love with. If it took more than one breath, then it would be another.

Over the years, childhood fantasies changed. Life changed. College, career. How many hills must I climb to reach my goals? Will I pass the interview? Only the dandelion seeds had the answers to my questions.

Every time I see these fluffy spheres, I have to take a breath and blow. How beautiful they are. How magical they look floating in the warm breezes. I watch them shimmer under the sun as they fly away, hoping they will carry my thoughts and dreams with them.

Where will the seeds land? Will it be on the path, rocky ground or amongst the bushes? Or will they come to rest on good soil so they can germinate and bring new life? I do worry about them.

Now my grandchildren are inspired by their beauty. There is no need to wait for the wind. As soon as they see them, they rush towards them, pick them and make their wishes. Naturally, we check first, to make sure there are no fairies hiding in the puffballs.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

This is quite beautiful Genya, a real treat to read. I thoroughly enjoyed every word.

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
1 year ago

I so love this story, Genya. It seems that we all have experienced the “magic, wishes and dreams” of a wonderful field of dandelions. I treasure the first dandelions that come up every year in my yard. As you said, not a weed, but a treasure. Thank you for a delightful read, and good luck in the contest!

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

A truly uplifting story Genya. A life told through dandelions and passed down the generations. You took me on a magical journey, beautifully told.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

I really enjoyed reading this, Genya. It took me on a path down memory lane for sure! This is such a lovely story.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Hi Genya, what a lovely story told through your eyes as a child, and then as an adult, about the simple but amazing Dandelion (I don’t usually include my self in comment, but just this once, the ‘Dandelion’ was the first poem that I wrote. I too had this fascination with them.) I really enjoyed reading this page from your childhood, and even now, how they still play their part in your grandchildren. Just a little fact for you – did you know the Dandelion seed was spiral shaped? So that when it lands it is that much easier for it to anchor its self to the soil.

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Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

This story brought back so many wonderful memories for me, Genya. Like you, I was entranced by dandelion magic and always looking for fairies. And, now, how wonderful to share it with my grandson when we see one in my garden 🙂 Thank you for a lovely trip down memory lane!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Hi Genya, what a magical story it is. It is really beautiful. I enjoyed reading it. You bring my imagination to a magical world.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
11 months ago
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You’re welcome, Genya.

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Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza(@santina-forlenza)
1 year ago

Beautiful tale from dandelions.Nice piece of inspiration! My LIKE to your story, Genya.

Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza(@santina-forlenza)
1 year ago
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Yes, sure Genya; I believe we all see the same thing in different ways. Depending on our mood, our feelings. Probably what we see is not always what it really is. If we feel happy, the dandelion will look amazing at our eyes; if we feel sad, the same flower will look different to us. But at the end of the day, when we seat to write, we see everything in its true light…. And believe me, Genya, now that I am setting to write, reading your happiness for my LIKE is feeling me with emotion. Thank you!

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 year ago

The series of changes and developments that a human being passes through from the beginning of life until he attains wisdom are artistically compared to create the final effect.

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Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 year ago

You’re welcome,Genya!

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
1 year ago

Genya, you’ve written a really great story that is magical and inspiring, just as the theme required.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
1 year ago
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You are right, Genya. We need these moments now more than ever.

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