As Long As There Are Dandelions

In 1988 when I was a mother of two young children, I read this poem in a parenting newsletter. Something about its message to treasure the most important but simple things in life prompted me to snip it from the pages to keep as a special reminder.

A Smile

“Wrinkles merely mark where smiles have been.” – Mark Twain So, as we head into a new year, I'm absolutely determined to smile generously and often to create deep wrinkles that will never be erased.


Dandelions are master survivors, thriving on all continents but Antarctica, and revered in many cultures and throughout history for their medicinal, nutritional and magical powers.