• Never apologize for being one of the first to celebrate the arrival of spring.
  • Remember that small can be beautiful.
  • Be proud of who you are and what you can do—even though some may despise you.
  • When you are stomped on, knocked down and criticized, answer without anger, but with your usual bright face. 
  • Deep roots can help assure a worthwhile life.
  • Be proud of your heritage. I trace my relatives to the ancient Romans.
  • Sometimes it only takes a spot of beauty to add a little joy to one’s day.
  • Love the little children as they love me, often bringing a bouquet of my yellow flowers to their moms on Mother’s Day.
  • Treat me with respect. I, like you, have a purpose in life.
  • There is goodness in everything—look for it and applaud it.
  • Do not stop being beautiful because some may think you do not belong where you are.
  • Even under the harshest of conditions, remember who you are and do your best.
  • Being of help to others, sometimes if only in a small way, should be a major purpose in your life.
  • On the path of life, one is not wrong and the other right, we are just different.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Each of us has our own special beauty.
  • Don’t be envious of those who appear to have more than you do. Be proud of what you have.
  • Do the best you can with what you’ve got.

THE OLD-TIMER SAYS: There is much to be learned from a dandelion.

Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 35 books, many of them on rural history and country life. For further information about Jerry's writing and TV work go to 

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