Posted by: Naomi Baltuck | September 9, 2013

Dandelions and Other Foreigners

Pardon my reblog, but this is too perfect not to share for The Weekly Photo Challenge about An Unusal Point of View.  I hope the wisdom of Nasruddin will make you smile.

Writing Between the Lines

A friend said to Hodja Nasruddin, “Look at all these dandelions!  I’ve tried pulling them, poisoning them, starving them, digging them out by the root.  Nothing works.  I am at my wit’s end!”

“That’s a shame,” said the Hodja. “They are not a problem for me.”

“Really?  Please tell me your secret, my friend!”

“It is very simple,” said Nasruddin.  “I have learned to love them.”

Dandelions are native to Eurasia, but have traveled all over this world.   In France they were called “Dent de Lion,” or “Lion’s Tooth,” because of their toothed leaves. In England they were, “Piss-a-Beds,” for their diuretic properties.  In Germany, Russia, and Italy they are “blowing flowers.”  In Catalan, Poland, Denmark, and Lithuania they are  “milk flowers,”  “milkpots,” and “sow’s milk,” after the flower stem’s milky sap.  In Finland, Estonia, and Croatia, they are “butter flowers.”  In China, they are “flower that grows in…

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  1. 🙂 Love it, Naomi! 🙂

    • Hi Jamie,
      Thank you for the visit, and a double smile!

  2. I tell my husband they are little spots of sunshine. He disagrees, but I’ll look at them my way.

    • Dear Carol,
      I LOVE thinking of dandelions as little spots of sunshine–now they will never look the same to me! Thanks so much for that.

  3. I’ll bet you’ve never tasted them! In earnest: its tender leaves (before the flower cames out) should be well washed and made ​​a salad with vinegar sauce and oil, little salt and ground pepper freshly pressed. Sometime in state of vinegar you may use lemon juice…
    They are also very healthy :-)c

    • Dear Claudine,
      You are right, I have never tasted a dandelion, because I didn’t really know how to prepare it. Now that you have given me a recipe, I will give it a try! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with me.

  4. Hey there– I think this all the time about dandilions–hey! they’re not so bad! But then I pull them up like mad out of my lawn. Life’s all about contradictions, no?

    BTW–I have a question for you. I notice you watermark all your photos. Can you email me at so I can ask about that and if I should be doing it?

    Thanks–love reading your blog.

    • Hi Suzanne,
      Just catching up on my comments, and this one made me smile. I love dandelions too, but I don’t have any in my lawn, either!

  5. Definitely a “goodie”!

  6. I remember this story, Naomi. So charming. 🙂

  7. I agree with Nasruddin. A secret to a happy , peaceful life is to learn to love the many dandelions in our lives.

    • You too are a very wise man, and that is why you lead such a happy, peaceful life.

  8. I agree with you completely. Though I never thought that mine was an unusual point of view…

    • I think you might be surprised,Shimon. You always have a fresh perspective, and that’s just one reason why we always appreciate hearing from you.

  9. Whise words, Naomi!

    • Thank you so much. I appreciate your visit, and your taking the time to comment!

  10. Naomi, what a wonderful interpretation. Definitely illustrates how a different point of view can change our lives.

    • Hi Pat,
      Thanks so much for the vist, and for taking the time to comment. As you can tell, I am behind in my comments, but I have been enjoying following your travels on your blog, especially in the Northwest!

  11. I agree – delicious – and such good advice at that! 🙂

    • Thank you, Meredith. I’m curious–how do you prepare them? One of my readers left a recipe for a salad, which is basically vinegar, oil, salt and pepper, and I can hardly wait to try it out.

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