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In the eyes of a child, no bright yellow flower is a weed.
But then again, in the eyes of a child, much of what the adult world does not see or understand, is something that is to be treasured and held. In the eyes of a child, there is no difference between a diamond and a cut piece of glass, because both sparkle and are pretty, and the intrinsic value of each lies in its beauty, not its perceived rareness.
In the eyes of a child, a warm, sunny day with a breeze is a time to sit in the grass and make necklaces from the most beautiful, prolific flower about – one that, in adult eyes, we should value for the little time that it lasts. Though the dandelion is prolific, it is short lived, and theoretically there should be some value in that.
But because in the adult world, a pristine lawn with absolutely nothing on it but green grass that is carefully clipped to be all the same height and look like a carpet spread out outdoors, dandelions are a scourge that must be removed, generally with some sort of poison that affects the rest of the environment as well.
How much better to have the mind of a child and celebrate this beautiful, happy, exuberant and short lived flower – taking time on that summer day, not to spray about poison and chase everyone off the grass, but to carefully select the biggest and the brightest of the blooms to place in the basket, choosing later among them those that string together into the best necklace – a necklace that is worn for the afternoon with all the grace and elegance of a duchess wearing her cold, glistening rocks.
Dandelions, the artwork, invites us to join the child in her world of wonder, acceptance, joy, and peace.
Featured on 36 Fine Art America groups.
Second Place Winner in the Childhood Memories contest, sponsored by the Fine Art America group, Artist Salon 1 -- May 2020
March 17th, 2017
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