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What the Dandelion Has to Teach You About Being a Badass

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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8 Responses to What the Dandelion Has to Teach You About Being a Badass

  1. Karen November 4, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Terrific analogy, Z! I now see the dandelion in a brand new light!

    • Z Egloff November 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

      Hi Karen,

      I am glad that I can add to your appreciation of the Dandy-lion. I know that you are already an awesome appreciator, so I’m sure this will be easy! :)


  2. Jill Shinn November 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Hi Z, this was perfect timing for me, as I was feeling some inner-weediness and starting to go into a moment of “It’s not okay to to be that.” But it is okay to be that, and it’s okay to be bold and badass even when others don’t approve. It’s all okay—no need to apologize for who we are anymore. Love you!

    • Z Egloff November 11, 2014 at 9:24 am #

      Hi Jill,

      Yes, I am glad that the dandelion is reminding you that the bolder and the badass-ier, the better! :)

      Love you too!


  3. Jerrine November 11, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    OK! First it has been noted that using the word weed says more about your education than it does about the plant, as all plants have a use, that you are ignorant is more the message. Second I’m an herbalist as you know and Dandelion is an extremely useful plant ..It is very important as a anti-inflammatory especially in the meridian that runs through the nipple so it is used for breast heath in traditional medicine. The root makes a very powerful food too when used in a mix with say carrots and onion sauté ..I know of a World Series pitcher whose stats were increased when some magical ladies I knew cooked this mix for him every evening, tasty too, a little shoyu, yum! I totally embrace the weed..also I like that little children are not reprimanded when making nose gays of them. they’re about freedom too- because they are easy and easy makes them no challenge so they are seldom cultivated as gardeners pride themselves on difficulty and rarity, then beauty, silly but true beauty is not the major inspiration for gardens!!!

    • Z Egloff November 11, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      Hello Jerrine,

      Breasts! World Series pitchers! Of course the mighty Dandelion is involved in these things! I am not at all surprised. . . .


  4. Karen norton November 18, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    Grumpy this morn from something that happened yesterday. But, wait! New term! BADASSERY! Love it, love you. Karen

    • Z Egloff November 20, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      Hi Karen,

      Yes, let the Badassery fly! The world will never be the same! :)


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