Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dandy Art of Alzheimer's

This is actually one of the early Art of Alzheimer's installations. I came in the kitchen and found this on the counter. She had picked a bouquet of dandelions, found a bowl to put them in, and put a little bit of water in her vase.


I've never viewed dandelions as a noxious weed that must be totally eradicated at all costs. As a matter of fact, I was raised just the opposite.

Dad liked to make wine for home consumption,(even won some ribbons for it) and one of his favorites was dandelion wine, made from the flower.

Us kids would ride our bikes around town, scouting out the best patches of dandelions in public areas. Then we would ride back home and tell Dad where we had spotted some. Before the day was out, Dad would pile us into the old woody station wagon, ice cream buckets in hand, and we'd go dandelion picking. After picking for an hour or two, Dad would often reward us with a stop at the Root Beer Stand for a gallon of root beer, or maybe a cone from the Dairy Queen.

So I don't mind dandelions at all.


9 comments:

Joy said...

What a lovely memory - love the photos!

Melanie said...

I love the art pictures you post. You truly appreciate the beauty Alzheimers can bring.

amyinbc said...

Gorgeous arrangement by Mom.

I used to be thrilled by a healthy clump of dandy's, my rabbits so loved the leaves~!

dave said...

I am with you, I think they are pretty, and always among the first blooms of the year.

ChristyACB said...

Awesome post! I have a soft spot for dandelions too. I think they look like a carpet of gold on a spring day.

Lily said...

The flowers are a bit brash for me but I love the clocks.

Stacey said...

I just watched you and your mom in the HBO show. Your story in particular was so touching to me. I cried just seeing how much you love your mother. I never expected to have such a reaction. As a fellow knitter I knew you had to have a blog, and I found you ;) Thank you for sharing your mother's story with us.

MJ said...

Much to the chagrin of my suburban neighbors (when I lived in suburbia), I felt no compunction to kill one random plant (dandelions) so another could thrive (lawn). Never ceases to amaze me how much effort (and chemicals) a man will put into his lawn!

Go dandelions!

bulletholes said...

Yeah, I think they are pretty to look at and they are so fun to blow the seeds too.
I mean, what kid, even a city kid, has not blown a Dandelion ?