Dandelion Seeds and Pregnant Cats

I have a very special attachment to dandelions
The actual flowers and references to them as well
Because I have a very special attachment to my friend, Shawn
She was one of my best friends in high school
In fact, I lived at her house most of my sophomore year
I adored her and life in her world
We laughed
A lot
Like you can, in high school
Her bed was by a window
Ground floor
Oklahoma is a very hot place, so we opened the window, a lot
And somehow we got the idea that it would be fun to crawl out that window, kick as many dandelions as we could, and crawl back in without getting caught by her mother
Byrline was a very tough, very strict mother
Getting caught was not an option
So it made it riskier and therefore way more fun
And the laughing
Oh my god, the laughing
Again, only the way you can in high school
Free, unfettered, loud and innocent
Giggles from your toes straight into your soul
So that’s why they are special to me

She had a cat, that wasn’t fixed
while in heat that cat made noises that I to this day
I have never heard or every want to again
Strange, guttural, evil sounds
That quite frankly terrified me
So, I tossed her out the open window
More than once
She got pregnant
Shawn’s mom wasn’t stupid
She knew it was me
The look she gave me, to this day I can still see and
I shudder
I tell that part of the story because it speaks to life long friends
It’s not all good
It’s not all giggles
Sometimes a cat gets pregnant

The very definition on google of dandelions says:
The common and humble Dandelion has a surprising amount of different meanings
Healing from emotional pain and physical injury alike
Intelligence, especially in an emotional and spiritual sense
The warmth and power of the rising sun
Surviving through all challenges and difficulties
Long lasting happiness and youthful joy
Getting your wish fulfilled
Since the Dandelion can thrive in difficult conditions, it is no wonder that people say the flower symbolizes the ability to rise above life’s challenges.

Pretty accurate of our friendship and of life in general
Shawn and I have seen challenges that at times we thought would end us
We’ve endured divorces, diseases and deaths
We’ve held each other over the phone line when the miles between us made a physical hug impossible
We’ve also celebrated

And yes, we still laugh
A lot
I know it’s not possible for everyone to have someone for life
Like I have Shawn
But, I hope that you have someone
Someone you can call and cry to
Someone that makes you want to try crazy things, just because
Someone who makes your soul happy with laughter
Someone who sends prayers to God with pure love on dandelion seeds
And if you happen to get their cat pregnant
Someone who can love you, anyway

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.