Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dandelions by Five Iron Frenzy

Simone at Beach Vintage has just posted some beautiful photos of her daughter, picking bright yellow dandelions to present to her mom. These images brought to mind a song by Five Iron Frenzy... a fabulous band my sons used to listen to all through high school and well into college. Whenever I hear this song, I have a visual image of all three of my tow-headed boys bringing me tiny yellow dandelions. "Music Guy" (MG), my middle son, is friends with many of the members of the now retired group. During one of their farewell concerts, MG called me so I could listen to this song over his cell phone. It was dedicated to me! For Christmas, that same year, he printed and framed the words to this song (my favorite) as my Christmas gift. It is one of my most treasured possessions.

In a field of yellow flowers, underneath the sun,
bluest eyes that spark with lightning, boy with shoes undone.
He is young, so full of hope, reveling in tiny dreams,
filling up, his arms with flowers,

right for giving any queen.

Running to her beaming bright,
while cradling his prize.
A flickering of yellow light,
within his mother's eyes.
She holds them to her heart,
keeping them where they'll be safe,
clasped within her very marrow,

dandelions in a vase.

She sees love, where anyone else would see weeds.
all hope is found.

Here is everything he needs.

Fathomless your endless mercy,

weight I could not lift.

Where do I fit in this puzzle,
what good are these gifts?
Not a martyr, or a saint,

scarcely can I struggle through.

All that I have ever wanted,
was to give my best to you.

Lord, search my heart,
create in me something clean.

you see flowers in these weeds.

Gently lifting hands to heaven,
softened by the sweetest hush,

a Father sings over his children,

loving them so very much.

More than words could warrant,

deeper than the darkest blue,
more than sacrifice could merit,
Lord, I give my heart to you.

Lord, search my heart,

create in me something clean.


you see flowers in these weeds.



Deanna said...

Dear Jane,
May you have a terrific week!

I so remember thinking as a child that dandelions were such a pretty flower. I loved to pick them and when they would seed out...I'd spread the joy blowing the seeds all over the place. Haha...made me so happy.

Wonderful memories.
God Bless you,
d said...

Oh Jane, you always say stuff that touches my heart. I am glad you read my post and that it bought back such wonderful memories for you. Hugs to you.

rjerdee said...

Gorgeous post, Jane. I can remember the delighted faces of my children when they picked dandy lions for me! Such a treasured memory.

M & M said...

What a touching story!
Hopefully D will one day share the same memories with me!

Sarah said...

What a wonderful post! Dandelions are a favorite memory for many a child. I just bought some dandelion greens to make a salad. :-)

Simple Daisy said...

What a fabulous post!!
I remember picking dandelions for my grandma!!! I just love dandelions but I don't want them in my yard.

rjerdee said...

Dear Jane,
Just had to pop back over after your sweet comments about missing "beachsnaps." I hope you received my e-mail directions for getting to Sharky's in Venice, FL and hope you get there with your hubby.
Here's my basic blog truth: I am a snowbird who lives in Venice from October - April. When I return to Florida this fall, I'll merge my "beachsnaps" ways with this "abbey style" blog...a peaceful, serene version of my beachy surroundings and discoveries. It just didn't work out to have a separate blog for each part of my snowbird life so I'm merging the two on this blog. So, stick with me, my friend...I will return to this lovely state again and again. Meanwhile, I'll show you some lovely things from summertime a bit north. :) I'll be back in October for the most beautiful months of the year.
Meanwhile, it's good to know that I'll continue to know what goes on in Florida in the summer because you will be here and I can follow your blog. We were in Tampa this morning, shopping at IKEA for our son and daughter-in-law who are about to have their first child. They wanted the Sotjig lamp--a blue table lamp with white clouds printed on it--and we managed to find it. We'll very happily return to Iowa with it because they weren't able to get it for themselves! Thanks to IKEA in Tampa!
Thank you, Jane, for your lovely comments and, surely, we'll stay in touch. My best wishes for your art work and sales this summer. Perhaps you'll have a sale I can attend this fall. :)

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Jane,

This post brings back so many wonderful memories. My boys used to pick me flowers all the time when they were little.

~ Tracy

niartist said...

Beautiful. Simply, beautiful! Thank you Jane! You always make my day! Thank you for stopping by and looking in on the garden projects, and for your always kind words! :) Hey! Come by and enter my giveaway for $100 to CSNlighting. You can use it for any lighting products on their website! Hope you'll stop by for a chance to win! :)