A long time ago, when my oldest was little and my youngest not yet born,
the kids and I were walking by a house in Nome that had a yard.
My son stopped in excitement to marvel at the "Pretty, pretty flowers!"
I, being much older and wiser, tried to explain.
The lawn was full of dandelions!
That was in our early years here.
After years of white during our many winters
those bright little spots of color are a welcome sight.
The annual color means we have made it through another winter,
nature's cycles have continued,
and the sun will shine for hours.
Now the dandelions make me smile.....
Note: This was written in March when I saw the dandelions in Smyrna, TN,
but they hadn't yet shown up in Nome.