photo: Arend on flickr

photo: Arend on flickr

When you think of a total Badass, who comes to mind?

Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction?

samuel l in pulp done

Margaret Cho?

margaret cho one done

Samuel L. and Margaret Cho put the “Bad” in Badass, no doubt. But there’s another Badass who is frequently neglected, a small but mighty entity that causes all the other Badasses to bow down in fear and awe.

That’s right, I’m talkin’ ’bout the Dandelion!!!!

photo: Armando Maynez on flickr

photo: Armando Maynez on flickr

The other day, I came home from a walk and was blown away by this site:

photo: z egloff

photo: z egloff

No wait. It’s cooler than it looks!!

There, in the expanse of green lawn, I saw this:

photo: z egloff

photo: z egloff

Actually, I saw a lot more than one. There were a whole bunch of them.

Why were there a whole bunch of them?

Because the Dandelion is strong and mighty!! The Dandelion is a Super Badass!! The Dandelion can’t be stopped!!

Does the Dandelion care that people call it a weed? Does the Dandelion care that people spend vast amounts of money to eradicate it from their lawns?

The Dandelion does not care.

Indeed, the Dandelion is such a procreating Badass, it turns itself into a Huge Puff Ball and spreads its Badass self all over the lawn!!

Can you do that? Can you turn your head into a Puff Ball and spread yourself all over the place?

photo: Paul Tridon on flickr

photo: Paul Tridon on flickr

No. You cannot.

When I saw all those little yellow Badasses on my front lawn, I was struck by their beauty. There they were, shining in the sun, showing off their glossy yellow leaves and spiky edges.

Somewhere along the line, someone decided that Dandelions are “bad,” and lawns without Dandelions are “good.”

WTF? Why is that?

The Dandelion has been around for 30 million years. That’s a lot longer than Samuel L. Jackson!

Dandelions are awesome.

You can eat them. You can make wine and coffee (!) with them. They’re chock full of calcium, potassium, iron and manganese. You can use them to treat infections and liver problems. You can use them as a diuretic.

Dandelions are even used in the commercial production of natural rubber!!

In other words, you can use them for your morning cup of coffee, your hearty breakfast, your after-dinner glass of wine, your liver issues and they’ll help you pee. Plus, after all that fun, you can drive around in a car made of Dandelion tires!!

photo: Arup Malakar on flickr

photo: Arup Malakar on flickr

Oh, and all that stuff about them being a weed? Check it out:

Dandelions are actually helpful in a garden. Their taproots bring up nutrients for shallower-rooting plants, and they add minerals and nitrogen to soil. They’re also known to attract pollinating insects and release ethylene gas which helps fruit to ripen.

Can Margaret Cho do that?

No. She cannot.

margaret cho two done

Maybe you have something about yourself that seems weed-like. Maybe other people are telling you that your natural Badassery is a problem. Perhaps someone or something is trying to root out your Huge Puff Ball of potential.

Next time that happens, think of the Dandelion!!

Think of those little yellow Badasses that have been stirring it up for 30 million years!!

Then, take a breath and spread your Puff Ball of potential all over the place.

If the Dandelion can do it, so can you!!

photo: Paul Hudson on flickr

photo: Paul Hudson on flickr

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