dandelions are the only flowers we’re allowed to kill, and we kill them indiscriminately

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  1. dorothy
    Posted May 3, 2007 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    i can never get over how cute clementine is. but i wonder—where on earth did the blond hair come from? if i had not been in the delivery room i would never have believed my son wasn’t switched at birth. my husband and i have (or used to have) jet black hair and my son had almost white hair for years. it’s darker now, but still blond. when he was little, he looked like a cotton ball was stuck to his scalp.

  2. Eric
    Posted May 3, 2007 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    At our house I have given up in the war over to kill or not to kill the dandies. Attrition. My wife loves them; I’m indifferent but killed because I was raised to kill. This year, however, they shall remain free, alive, flourishing.

    If you and Clementine need more killing fields, however, feel free to walk on by.

  3. egpenet
    Posted May 3, 2007 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    The greens are great in salad … and the heads can be used for wine or to make a liqueur.

  4. Posted May 4, 2007 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Dandelions have lots of positive medicinal properties — they and many other “weeds” were brought to this country by Europeans precisely because they were prized medicinals. It’s hilarious that we are surrounded by excellent sources of medicine, food & vitamins which we just indiscriminately kill because we don’t know any better. Fun fact:, the name comes from “dent de lion,” meaning lion’s teeth, because of the jagged leaves. However the modern French name is “pissenlit,” with means “piss the bed,” because of their diuretic properties.

  5. Posted May 4, 2007 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    One of my favorite stories from my life in this big gray box:

    My boss came over from Japan in the middle of the summer last year and settled in a subdivision near North Campus. He came in very excited one day, and gave a detailed account of taking his family for the walk around the neighborhood finding “The Many Dandelion!” According to him, in Japan, there aren’t many dandelions, but “the Japanese think dandelion is very beautiful.” Apparently he and his kids and wife spent several hours prancing about the neighborhood and picking dandelions, blowing the seeds all around to “give people good luck by spreading the ‘petals’ in their yards.”

    It’s a great picture, a late 40s Japanese guy and his wife & teenage kids blowing dandellion seeds about the neighborhood. I gently explained to him that most Americans are not as excited about dandellions and in fact, probably would react negatively to having him blowing seeds into their yards. He did later say that he thought many of the people in his sub are “unfriendly.”

  6. schutzman
    Posted May 4, 2007 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    so, um, mark…. are you trying to get clementine to practice her gangsta rap poses?

    obviously you need to substitute a glock for the dandelion, but otherwise, it really looks like you’re hoping to get her into “Unsigned 3”, Flip Wilson’s next project. I can just see the police report now:

    Mama had a baby and da head popped off“– (In this lyric, Ms. Clementine appears to be referring to the fact that a rival who has displeased her will be shot in the head.)

  7. mike_1630
    Posted May 8, 2007 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Too. Freakin’. Cute. :)

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