Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Through a child's eyes

"misunderstood" 5 x7 acrylic



What is a weed, and how exactly does a plant earn that oh so undesirable designation?  I guess weeds are hardier, but does that make them weedier?  They are more prolific and drought resistant, could that be it?  Maybe it is because we don’t actually plant weeds and they just sort of appear. 

Did you know that dandelions are edible?  People have eaten the young leaves, made wine out of it, and drank it as a tea for centuries.  Personally I’ve never tried to eat dandelions but its nice to know that there is something out there that is easily identifiable and edible, just in case.

Children look at things in much more simplistic ways.  Dandelions to their young eyes are pretty and yellow and no one yells at you if you pick them.

If you’ve ever received a bouquet of flowers from a loved one your usual response is a kiss and a smile.  On the other hand what would you do if you receive a bouquet of dandelions with a few buttercups thrown in for good measure?  You’d kiss that child and smile, that is what you would do.  And then you would get down your nicest vase and put it in a place of honor.   Maybe, children in their innocence are much wiser than we give them credit for.

As Shakespeare so eloquently noted…a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.




11 comments:

craftattack said...

Lovely painting. And Dandelions taste nice, they use them here sometimes in salad! Hugs, Valerie

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

I have always heard 'a plant is only a weed when it grows in a place it is not wanted.' I love dandelions both in bloom and when they are ready to seed. Yours are lovely.

Lee Pierce said...

Great tribute to the misunderstood yellow gems all over my yard :D

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Growing up, I remember an Aunt picking and using dandelions in salads. My memory is that they were bitter tasting--but I could be wrong, LOL! Love the painting!

Crystal Cook said...

Beautiful piece Crystal. And the dandelions my children have given me have been some of the prettiest flowers to me, I agree with you totally. :)

Heather said...

GORGEOUS painting!!!!!!!!you captured the delicateness of them so perfectly...
it's funny, my little saylor calls them flowers, and she loves picking them....they are totally her favorite....in fact, i had a whole bouquet of them last week given to me in dixie plastic cup!!!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Gorgeous painting...wow!Stunning!

and yay..you are a dandelion kindred..I love them too..one of my faves. A plant of wisdom..healing..beauty and inspiration! Wonderful tribute!
Victoria

*Honest Abe said...

Oh my this is neat...

lenoracle said...

Great painting. And informative! It is interesting how mere perception classifies something, such as a dandylion as a weed.

Magic Love Crow said...

You are so right Crystal! I love my weeds! I don't even plant grass, I plant clover! And, I do eat dandelions. I batter them and deep fry them! Excellent!!!

Leovi said...

Great picture of these seeds Dandelion. Yes, I knew that the young shoots are edible, and is also an excellent herb. In the countryside there are many wild plants are edible.

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