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Make a Wish!

Make a Wish!


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As dandelions turn to seed, children everywhere rush to pick them, so that they can close their eyes, make a wish, and blow the seeds into the air.

No one knows for sure how or why people started making wishes on dandelions. These flowers have been around for thousands of years, and people have grown and used dandelions for much of that time. Every part of the dandelion has found a unique use.

These hardy members of the sunflower family exist as about 100 different species around the world. Their flowers, leaves, and roots have been used for food, medicine, and even dye.

Much more common than these practical uses, though, are the  many folklore superstitions that have been attached to dandelions over the years. In addition to granting wishes, many people believe that dandelion seeds will carry your thoughts and dreams to loved ones when you blow them into the air.

Others believe that dandelions may be able to tell you if you're loved. Legend has it that, if you can blow all the seeds off a dandelion with a single breath, then the person you love will love you back. If seeds remain, then the object of your affection may have reservations about their feelings toward you. 


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Make a wish!
Dandelion Seed Head, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA
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Photograph by Roy Kelley
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 10 commentsRoy Kelley • October 03 2019 06:18PM


Good afternoon Roy. This is a wonderful post and terrific picture, no surprise.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 10 months ago


I heard that story and it is a wonderful one, and like Sheila Anderson said no surprise from us either. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 10 months ago

As a kid, I had an aunt with a few dandelions in her yard.  I remember sitting on the grass, and blowing those blossoms everywhere.  I made a lot of wishes.  Some came true, but the following spring the dandelion population in my aunt's yard had multiplied significantly!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 10 months ago

Hi Roy- I will echo what others said...that is a wonderful story, and of course, the photo is outstanding. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 10 months ago

This post brought a smile! Thanks to the reblog by Kathy Streib 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 10 months ago

I remember plucking them and making wishes as a kid, but I don't recall any of those wishes coming true, maybe I was never able to blow it completely, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 10 months ago

My girl is 9 years old now and still loves wishing on dandelions! 

Posted by Alan Blake, Real Estate Education Blog (ZoomProperty) 10 months ago

Hello Roy - definitely a smile-worthy post and one that brings back many memories. 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 10 months ago

I love this phtograph- ready to make million wishes

Posted by Caroline Gerardo, C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982 (Sun West Mortgage Corporation) 9 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago