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What Dandelions Symbolize-Dandelions and the Life Cycle

Updated on June 5, 2019
A new dandelion
A new dandelion
Dandelion umbrellas
Dandelion umbrellas
A purpose fulfilled
A purpose fulfilled

I love dandelions and do you know why? Most people hate dandelions. Dandelions are thought of as a weed. People dig them out of their yards or spray them with weed killer. But to me, dandelions mean spring is on the way. When dandelions bloom, the grass is greener, the weather is warmer, and I can now spend more time outside enjoying nature. Dandelions are bright yellow and yellow is a cheerful color. Yellow dandelions stand out against the green grass and blue sky. To me, dandelions are so cute in the grass. Almost like cute little baby flowers just popping up and being born.

Then, over a matter of weeks, dandelions start to turn gray/white and fuzzy. The dandelions are getting older and dying! They are starting to look like grandmas and grandpas. Some of the fuzzy dandelion seeds break loose and float away like umbrellas. A lot of people are tempted to pick loose the dandelions by their stems and assist the seed umbrellas into the air by blowing on them. Then the once cute yellow dandelions look like little balding people. Soon all the white/gray dandelion seeds have floated away. All that is left is a white dandelion head. The dandelion has fulfilled its purpose.

The stages of dandelions’ lives can correlate to our lives. We are born beautiful, colorful, and exemplifying a wonderful life (Spring) ahead. As time goes on, we age and our bodies change just like a dandelion flower changes. For most of us, our hair grays or whitens, becomes thinner, and we lose some of it. Some people (mostly men) may lose all their hair. Dandelion petals turn white, get fuzzy, loosen, and fall off/fly away like peoples’ hair signifying old age. Thus, peoples’ lives have fulfilled their purposes or destiny.

Dandelions bring hope and joy to my soul that another Spring season is coming. The feeling of anticipation for warmer days ahead and enjoying the beauty of the earth with vegetation growing thereon lifts my spirit. Who cannot like dandelions and what they symbolize?


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