One of the coolest feelings in the world (besides finding a fiver in the back pocket of your dirty jeans) is seeing one of your young kids wander over to you across the green lawn to hand you a flower they just picked. It’s a show of affection on their part of course, but for us as parents it transcends nearly everything that we’ve ever really felt.
When your kid jacks his or her arm up toward your chin and thrusts a buttercup or a dandelion at you, it goes straight through your chest and right through your heart like a magic sword of love.
Still, there are times when you aren’t in the equation at all, huh? Sometimes little children aren’t really picking those beautiful backyard petals with you on their mind, but rather, they feel that youthful urge to pull a thing out of the ground…so that they can pop it in their mouth.
And so quite quickly, we learn that even in the back yard, with a can of beer between our thighs as we set there in the folding chair, we can’t really take an eye off the damn buggers or else they’ll chomp down on one of your rosebushes and a whole new can of painful worms will open up at our feet.
Flowers are cool and kids know it. They’re colorful and they come in interesting shapes and with all of those superb colors just inviting us in like a honeybee, it’s no wonder most kids simply have to take a big old bite out of one now and again.
So, now that spring is officially here for most of us (I’m sorry South Dakota: I saw the news today and I just feel plain sorry for you guys), it’s high time we pay a little tribute to the fact that kids and their springtime flowers are just another reassuring sign that old man winter is toast.
And that spring has sprung.
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