From Dandilions to Queen Anne’s Lace – A Mother’s Letter To Her Daughter


Just yesterday you were my dandi-lioness
Bright and sunshiny yellow…albeit slightly annoying –
cropping up when I least expected it
ruining my flawless world of endless green grass.

And then came the days
when you didn’t feel good about yourself
and you weren’t full of sunshine anymore but
dull and grey.

But I know a secret.
Because you scattered seeds of sunshine,
even in your “ugly” stage,
and now the seeds you spawned sprinkle my lawn
with happy faces, all changed by you.

You’ve grown into a woman now
and you are more like Queen Anne’s Lace;
British, exquisite and delicately beautiful.
True, you don’t have your own light anymore,
but instead your very lacyness provides the pattern
for His light to shine through and around you.

And it’s all about Him
and it’s less about you
and you still scatter seeds
only in a different field
in a different place
in a different way.

You may no longer be growing in my green groves
but in the cracks of cement sidewalks
where signs of life are far and few between.
But you are strong and fearless
even though you are called, “Weed!”

Not moved by “their” words
you reach toward heaven
etching the night sky with lacy patterns,
your beauty only recognizable
when Light filters through.

Let Light be.
Be in Light.

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20 thoughts on “From Dandilions to Queen Anne’s Lace – A Mother’s Letter To Her Daughter

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your daughter’s uniqueness and far-reaching impact, kd. Thanks for sharing such an intimate portrait with all of us. πŸ™‚

  2. Just. . .amazingly beautiful!
    I am surrounded by queen’s ann lace around here, I just love them.

    Your daughter is blessed to have you as her mother as you are blessed by her.

    • Thanks Kristin…I think that your boys are pretty blessed to have you as well…I was wondering what I could liken my boys to, trees maybe? In which case I have an oak, a birch and a sequoia.

  3. Awww…this one gets me right in the mamma heart. You must be so proud of your girl. From the sounds of this, I think she must be a lot like her mamma. πŸ™‚

  4. How very often have I looked upon a beautiful flower reaching toward the sky when someone pointed out that it is “just a weed”! It is the way we look at God’s Creation that makes the difference in the way we view the world. And looking through the Light of God to see that which may be in the dark changes a perspective.
    Thank you for sharing this letter.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda (SDG)

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