Let me ask you something…. What do you love about nature? The trees, forest, animals, the ocean. Can you even narrow it down to one thing? From time to time I am able to widdle my love of nature to one single thing. Right now, it’s dandelions. I am obsessed with them.
My love of nature began at an early age. It was something I found on my own. My family didn't do nature! Maybe, the beach. MAYBE! But, my curiosity and nature won. Whew!
As a little adventurous girl, I would gather the neighborhood kids and lead them on nature walks. Which wasn’t easy living in a town that had very few outdoor spaces. On these walks, I would encourage my pack to touch, smell and even eat leaves, berries and other foliage. Most of which I had no idea what they were and might have been poisonous! I had no idea that these adventures would set the tone for the rest of my life.
I offer monthly Full Moon Gatherings on Silver Sands Beach in Milford, CT. While prepping for the event, I remembered those walks and how we’d create Dandelion Crowns. I decided to make Dandelion crowns at the event.
As I walked around gathering the Dandelions, asking permission first of course, I found them to be absolutely beautiful and saddened by the bad wrap they have. I needed to understand more about them.
Here’s what is so magical about Dandelions:
Around the globe dandelions symbolize happiness, simple joys, good companions and the presence of our inner child who often forgets to play.
Dandelions are a welcome ( in my opinion) sign of spring and one that makes us smile.
Dandelions are wanderers and yet have incredibly staying power. Their seeds can travel up to five miles and flower longer than many other plants in their environments.
The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.
Dandelions open to greet the sun in the morning and closes in the night to sleep with the moon.
Dandelions are delicious, medisional and nutritious. The entire flower is useful.
They are also sort of sassy. Did you know that when you mow a dandelion they grow shorter stalks, kinda a floral FU.
So, before you pull these “weeds” get to know these flowers and rediscover their power.
You know who I sympathize with….. School SuperIntendents and here’s why..
Let’s start with what sympathy is…Sympathy involves understanding from your own perspective. Sympathy is having a direct experience with a similar situation. Sympathy is “feeling with”.
Superintendents are responsible for a variety of duties. The superintendent implements the school board's vision by making day-to-day decisions about educational programs, spending, staff, and facilities. The superintendent hires, supervises, and manages the central staff and principals. They work nights, weekends and are up at the crack of dawn. Worst of all, they have to make the snow day and delayed opening decisions. How do you predict the weather?
My history with weather is downright horrid. There literally is a black rain cloud that follows me around. One thing is for you sure, don’t travel with me! One sailing trip we planned in the Leeward Islands needed to be relocated due to a direct hit from Hurricane Jose. So, it’s hysterical that I have an outdoor yoga business.
Like a School SuperIntendent, I am solely responsible for many day-to-day decisions about running WalkAboutYoga. I do all the administration, marketing, social media, scheduling, and teaching. And just like your local SuperIntendent, I have to predict the weather.
I have every weather and radar app on my phone known to mankind. I check it 17 times a day. It’s exhausting. It’s okay if it’s a complete rainout, decision made. It’s those trickier times when there’s a chance of rain, sprinkles beginning at 7 am, winds 15-20 miles an hour. It’s so stressful.
I want to be there for my community. I want them to have the best experience they can. I want consistency in my offerings. So, I stress, worry, and make the best decision I can with all the information I have. And still, I sometimes make the wrong call. The worst is when I cancel the class and it doesn’t rain...ARRRRG!
Thankfully, my students are hardy, fun-loving, and understanding. We have practiced in the rain, had our mats blown away by strong gusts of wind.
I say to kind to my kindred decision-maker, the School Superintendent. It’s a tough job that we are happy to do.
Author, Reclaim Your Wild