Taming the Meadow

So, I was talking to a neighbor the other day about how to keep the kids busy and still get things done around the house, and she mentioned paying her kids a penny for each dandelion they picked.

I pictured scooping 68 cents out of our change drawer. Then, one day after school while waiting for my husband to get home, we brought empty plastic grocery bags to the front yard.

My daughter picked 500 dandelions. And my son, 300. I had to pull out a fiver and scrounge up a few dollar bills.

I probably picked about 200 that evening, too, as the cooling sun filtered through the trees. Grand total: more than 1,000 dandelions in one Olympian sweep. Gives you some idea of the state of our yard.

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