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The Last Dandelion

Updated on November 14, 2012

The function of a plant and a blossom is to produce good seed and cast it forth where it too can continue the process. Parents have a similar role.

There are times when standing alone is an honor and a triumph.
There are times when standing alone is an honor and a triumph. | Source

A good beginning is important to a good conclusion.

As much as I might feel there are good places and "less good" places for a dandelion to thrive, I have to admire their productivity and their persistence. It's their nature.

The recent drought in America has the potential to persist, but it didn't seem to really phase any dandelions that I know.

Now the prime season for dandelions has passed. They have stored nutrients in their roots for the coming season.

This "last dandelion" will likely scatter its seeds by virtue of a cold winter wind, perhaps even a blizzard. But its good seeds will welcome the moisture to come from the winter's snows. They will welcome the strong winter winds that may carry them far from their parent plant.

Spring will find them ready to grow and repeat the cycle, if good fortune has blest them to come to rest where they have any reasonable chance of success.

Just as with a dandelion, we humans tend to have whiter tops the more we age, and before we wither away to place our brightest hopes in what rests of us in the ground for some future spring, and Easter blossoming.

By then, if we have performed our proper function, our own children (if we were blest to have one or more) will have matured (perhaps even far from us) and will be taking the best we offered them into the sum of what they offer their children and those around them.

For us to have done any less, is to be less than the "last dandelion."

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


And what of the future?

The next dandelion will not wait for spring to pass.
The next dandelion will not wait for spring to pass. | Source

These will scatter far and wide, may they be persistent and productive.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Bruce Jasper: From one "J" to another, thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I did a little "ditty" this morning you might like, too.

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      Bruce Jasper 4 years ago

      Well written and much enjoyed.

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      That's a super idea! I just put some spinach into a smoothy, but the dandelion would also work and balance out some of its bitterness with the other ingredients.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I love the thought behind this hub. Like the daisy's seeds, my three sons are scattered around the country, but they are wonderful children who have produced amazing grandchildren. Although I miss them all so much in between my visits to them, this hub gives me comfort. Voted up and awsome!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and wonderful. Dandelions are great symbol because contrary to thought they are not just weeds but can be used for food as well. Let's be as strong as they are.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Interesting analogy, P! We are just a bunch of weeds, figuratively speaking - Some can be healing and some can kill....such is life - and nature..

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thanks for the reminder to mark the hub line; awesome, beautiful, interesting, helpful and Up. I get all involved leaving my comment and half the time I forget about the score line. Thanks for the nudge.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Janhorner : Thanks for the vote, Jan. I'm glad you enjoyed the reading of it.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Debby Bruck: I make the leaves a part of my green smoothies when they are available and derive some good benefit from them. They love mixed sun and shade and a good watering from time to time. Their transportation system is a wonder!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      midget38: Thanks. Full of meaning is high praise indeed.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Amy Becherer: You and I carry on quite a conversation on these comments to each other! Thanks for your two "awesomes" but so far I don't have one for this Hub's line score (boo hoo.) There is a lot of good in this world still...mostly in the hearts of good people. I read George Washington's Farewell Address tonight and he cautioned the men of his day to guard against parties that divide us and distract us so easily from the essentials of Liberty and Unity, and into sectional divisions, etc. His words still ring so true in cautioning us today. I'm glad you liked this Hub.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice : As the bird watcher you are, I would guess that your powers of observation are as keen as your words are succinct.

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      Janhorner 4 years ago

      This is a very interesting hub and is penned beautifully absolutely loved the read, voted up,

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      BlossomSB: In the good old days some New Englanders made dandelion wine; the greens tend to be tricky to can, but freeze well and can be dehydrated, or used as you suggest in salads. A good supermarket will have dandelion tea, and at the right time of the year will have dandelion greens available, and they are seldom cheap.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      btrbell: Thanks for the reinforcing comment/accolade.

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Demas - Humans may be compared to a variety of plants and so you have chosen the dandelion, which many consider a weed. However, the wise ones with knowledge of the healing ways would cultivate the dandelion for their beneficial effects. Your message through prose and poetic words appeals to me. Blessings, Debby

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      flashmakeit: I will keep trying to add to your enjoyment.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      eHealer: "Snow on the head" need not mean a frosty disposition, and your cheerful comments always say you have a good one.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Well said, Perspycacious, and I enjoyed this write. So true that we should accept the lessons that we learn in life, hard though they may be! Thanks for sharing...it is meaningful and will share too.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Profound analogy, Perspycacious. I like the way you think and express those thoughts. Your project a strong sense of responsibility that brings a sense of some control in this big, scary world, for a hopeful outcome. This piece makes me feel that, despite constant doomsday reminders of a fiscal cliff, the world will continue to spin and there remains hope. Awesome piece of writing accompanied by equally awesome photography. Thank you

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Your perspective and sight is impeccable.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Great ideas - some snow on my roof, too. Incidentally, those leaves go well in a salad.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      great hub! Poignant! Thank you!

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      That is a wonderful article and thought.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      High Perspycacious, I must admit, I got a little snow on my roof! This is beautiful and you never cease to amaze me. Great hub, how sentimental and truley splendid. Thanks!