With the weather being so freaking Gorgeous over the past week, we've been doing quite a bit of work in the garden, getting it cleaned up, planting and such. Out of the blue, my six-year-old blurts out "You know what we should get mom?" Me: "What?" He: "A Sunflower plant".
Well, happy to oblige in giving him something that he wants that isn't a toy or video game and will help beautify our backyard, I stopped in to purchase one at the cute, little, florist shop near my house (they happened to have a display of them that I noticed as I walked by on my way to get groceries...probably more milk...we always need more darn milk...I'm thinking of buying a cow). So there they were, the miniature kind, in these cute, little, bucket pots (which I, of course did not purchase for the extra 8 bucks! Hey, he didn't want a pot, he wanted the plant, right?), and I thought, Perfect! He's going to be so happy. So, I get home, and tell him I got him a surprise, which of course results in him hopping up and down like a kangaroo on a fruit-loop high, squealing "What? What? What? What?!!!!" So I carefully extract this beautiful, bright and sunny plant from it's bag and hand it to him. Instantly he stops bouncing and looks at it inquisitively. "Wow, it's a really big one!" he says. So, I kind of chuckle and tell him that it's actually only a small one, usually they're much bigger but I didn't think we had room for a big one (not to mention I can never get a big one to grow past a few feet high without it dying, breaking, or being eaten by a rabbit). "Oh" he says "I was talking about the other kind of sunflower. You know the little ones that I like to pick for you."
The kid meant dandelions. He actually wanted me to buy a dandelion plant. "Yeah, Dandyflowers. I meant a Dandyflower plant so I can pick them for you." he says.
"In that case, you're in luck." I tell him. "We don't have to buy a dandyflower plant, they grow wild. In fact, if you want to pick some, there's a bunch out on the neighbour's front lawn - you'll be doing them a favour (and me as well since I didn't want them to go to seed and take up residence in my lawn and garden).
So with that, he happily bounded outside to pick me a lovely bouquet of dandelions, which we put in a little espresso cup on the table.
He still likes the sunflower tho, and it will make a lovely addition to the garden.
Additionally, I came up with a use for my old fountain that is pretty much broken:
Anyhoo, hope you enjoyed my cheerful little story, and that it brought a smile to your face, as it did mine.