Blowing on the seeds of a dandelion and making a wish are a common part of childhood for children all over the world. However did you know that the dandelion is known as the official flower of the military child? Crowned so, because the life cycle of this unassuming little flower is strikingly symbolic of the rootless lifestyle of the army brat childhood;
Reminiscent of the forces child, the dandelion has no geographical boundaries and can be found living all over the world. With one big exhale a dandelions seeds are dispensed, their tiny white parachutes carrying them away freely on the wind. Travelling miles from their origin its never quite known where they will end; off to new adventures, the prospect of a fresh new start, eventually they will “make their home wherever they land”.
Like the army brat this little flower proves it can flourish just about anywhere. known for its hardiness, the dandelion seed, on landing will always adapt. It overcomes trials and tribulations to thrive in climates and environments that many other plants would struggle to survive. And although often considered an outsider (a common weed), the dandelion just like the army brat will always bloom, bringing difference and brightness wherever it resides….
Next time you walk by a dandelion give it a nod and let it remind you of the remarkable childhood us army brats have had!