Until I owned a house in New York, I had no idea that dandelions were weeds and considered bad. Growing up in the Bronx, I thought of dandelions as pretty flowers that brightened up abandoned lots. I had no idea what weeds were. What’s a girl growing up in a concrete jungle suppose to know?
When we bought our pretty yellow house in New York, I thought the dandelions were perfect compliments for our place. Then we started pulling them and teaching my son to take them away. Now, Crayola Crayons is going to send the dandelion color out to pasteur. It’s being retired. How on earth do colors get retired? Does a color cease to exist?
I haven’t really colored anything in a long time. I know there are now adult coloring books but I just have not gotten into them. Even with my stressful work weeks, I’ve yet to think a coloring book would help ease my pain or help me stress down. I would be more likely to take a bunch of dark crayons and strike through everything with a million strokes. Is there a coloring book where you are allowed to be angry?
But here is the thing (going back to dandelions as I have enormously digressed), dandelions aren’t bad. A dandelion is a beneficial weed. It adds minerals to soil, helps fruit ripen, and has generally throughout history been used for medicinal purposes. It helps treat liver problems and infections. It is even a natural source of rubber. Who knew? Well, apparently not many people as it gets no respect in the plant world. Nor does it get respect in the crayon world. For shame!
Sadly, it’s being replaced by some blue color. Don’t we have enough blues in the world right now? We could all use a little sunshine and a gardening companion. Dandelions are facilitators and enablers of good things. Let’s give that aspect some spotlight and let’s give it it’s due respect.