collecting wishes

“Alright bug, time to head inside for your nap!” I shouted from our boulevard garden.


“I just need three minutes to get all these flowers.”

And so I helped her collect dandelions for three minutes, this arbitrary time unit she has chosen to mean as long as it takes.


The shady patches yield the best weeds: leggy gold tufts towering over grass, shin-high to a three and a half year-old. One well-placed grab and snap through the hollow stem.


She remembered the last time she collected her beautiful bouquet. The tangle of bright flora turned into a heap of gray chicken food. She said, “Remember yesterday all my flowers got little and tired?” Yesterday is another time measurement that means sometime before right now.

So we filled a bucket with water and the dandelions swam while she slept.


Yesterday we collected wishes for three minutes too.


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all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from

25 Responses to collecting wishes

  1. Michele says:

    That is adorable! My daughter Jocelyn has started saying, “one time?” which means as many more times as she can before I say enough.

  2. Alie says:

    So lovely! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Karisa says:

    I love their expressions for time…my daughter says “remember a long day ago when I did ___.”

  4. Melina says:

    Nici- I love these focused, beautiful little vignettes. Awesome photos, so colors are so saturated!


  5. Amanda says:

    How beautiful. :)

  6. jenniwaka says:

    Photos are gor-ge-ous! The new camera suits you well!

    (Can’t wait til my little one can stand on her own so I can hold the camera with both hands and step away to photograph her!)

  7. Kelly says:

    I love this post. Such a perfect moment with your little bug. :)

  8. Ani says:

    So sweet! My husband is not a fan of dandelion “weeds”, but I think they’re so pretty – I always pick some for my little one when we’re out on walks. I happened upon your lovely blog via Kelle Hampton’s Enjoying the Small Things, and really look forward to your posts. Have a super day!

  9. Kelly Cach says:

    Love how you captured this moment….3 minutes forever saved.

    And your landscaping is soooo beautiful….I could sit for hours amongst it all.

    Margot is so DARLING…..her face AND words!


  10. Jeff Z says:

    I have a just-turned-four year old daughter and her phrase to use with me is “five more minutes”. If I mention five minutes later what she said, she tells me- “no daddy, five more minutes”.

    I try to catch her and her little brother in pictures but yours set the bar a lot higher. Great photos.


  11. Minnesotagal says:

    What an amazing transition from the cool blue hues of winter to the warm dandelion glow of spring melting into summer. Love these shots!

  12. rebecca says:

    ,,,one can only imagine within the 3 minute time frame what her wishes must have been,,,(smile)

  13. lisa says:

    So sweet. My daughter’s “before” word used to be “this morning”. “Mama, remember this morning, when I was a baby…”

    Ah, I miss this morning :)

  14. I love setting out the dandelions that my son picks for me. My friends think I’m nuts, but I think that they’re beautiful :)

  15. Lola says:

    Such a beautiful post!
    Love the pic!
    Love “Collecting Wishes”

  16. Meredith says:

    Dandelion wine? Cmon now!

  17. Abs says:

    My Ceci is now nearly 5 but not long ago, she used the phrase “last night” to indicate anything that happened before right now.

  18. TRB Holt says:

    Margot~ You are so going to love to look back and read all the love your mama has written about…you…for you.

    I Love You A Bushel & A Peck!

  19. TRB Holt says:

    ps….You sitting with your freshly picked flowers bouquet is my latest screen saver! xoxo

  20. I have never made dandelion wine! Maybe this year! Anyone have links or recipes to share?

  21. Minnesotagal says:

    My dad made it once – I’ll try to dig up his recipe. He also made a great dandelion vodka. Soak the leaves in vodka and let them infuse until you like the taste.

  22. Minnesotagal says:

    Sorry! Meant blossoms not leaves!! But the leaves make a good salad…

  23. Minnesotagal says:

    Found it! Here’s the recipe:

    6 qts dandelion petals
    1 lb white raisins (chopped)
    3 lbs granulated sugar
    2 lemons
    2 oranges
    1 gallon water
    Montrachet wine yeast

    Put water on to boil. Meanwhile, wash flowers trim off all greenery, leaving petals only. Put 4 quarts of petals in primary and thinly slice lemons and oranges onto petals. Pour in boiling water and cover. Stir daily for 10 days, then strain off pulp and squeeze to extract all liquid. Bring this liquid to boil and add 2½ pounds sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return to primary, add chopped raisins and cover. When cooled to room temperature, add wine yeast and recover. When fermentation is vigorous, add remaining two quarts of petals and recover primary. Ferment 7-10 days, stirring daily, and then strain wine into secondary and fit airlock without topping up. After two weeks, add ¼ cup of sugar-water (remaining ½ pound sugar dissolved in 1 cup water) every other day until secondary is full. Then ferment to completion. Rack and age 3 months. Stabilize, wait 2-3 weeks, and rack into bottles. Age another 6 months minimum.

  24. TRB Holt says:

    Burb…Your great great Nell, lived in East Missoula, used to make the most incredible, kick-ass, dandelion wine known to woman!! I used to have her recipe…I’ll look for it :)


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