One weekend Abhi and I were walking along a lovely little riverbank when I looked over and saw a fluffy Wish-Flower. I used to see them all the time when I was a little girl living in the countryside. They were all over our backyard and as kids we would go out and pick the ones with the biggest ball of feathery white petals and we would hold them up, close our eyes and make a wish, and then open our eyes and blow on the wish flower to make all the fluffy petal come off and blow away. Then we would run away smiling because we were certain our wish would someday come true.
I loved wish flowers because I grew up believing they were magic! So when I saw a great big fluffy one, I excitedly asked Abhi to grab me the wish-flower, so that I could make a wish. My husband looked down confused at what I was referring to and instead picked a yellow flower near the one I wanted and handed it to me. I was confused because I thought everyone knew what a wish-flower was. He was startled and said that it’s just a kind of weed; a dandelion, not a wish-flower. I was surprised as I had never heard of someone referring to the magical wish-flower as a weed before. I was wondering if he didn’t ever know that a wish can come true if he blew it.
Dandelions are cheerful, bright, and magical flowers, but most people look at them and see nothing but weeds. They are vivid yellow in color but change into gray or white seeds, which is what you blow on to make a wish. You are supposed to blow off all of the white seeds, sending your wish flying into the air in a beautiful display. If there are no seeds left on your stem then your wish will come true. Next time you look at a dandelion and see nothing but a weed, think about how magical they can be. Nonetheless, a yard full of golden dandelions in bloom can be a gorgeous sight.
Wish for Luck
It is commonly believed that if a bride used dandelions or wish-flowers in her bridal bouquet then her marriage will have good luck. Also if you dream about dandelions that your will be blessed with good luck.
Wish for Romance
Many people believe that if you blow every seed of the dandelion off while thinking of a loved one it means that they love you back. On the other hand, if you then blow on the bloom and there is at least one remaining seed on it, it means your loved one is thinking of you too.
It’s up to us if we choose to see it as a field of wishes or a field of weeds. I prefer to see the field of wishes and all those wishes I made as a little girl with my wish-flowers eventually came true! Maybe because I actually believed in the magic of those wish-flowers and I believed that my wishes would someday come true. I happen to believe that we play a key role in having our wishes come true by believing that they will. So the next time you see one of those downy dandelions you might want to consider blowing on a wish-flower and making a wish.
Make a wish and throw your cares to the world. And may all your wishes come true!