Friko’s essay on dandelions reminded me of my Mom whose favorite childhood book was The Dandelion Cottage by Carroll Rankin, published in 1904. Mom gave me the book to read when I was younger. Later as a mom, I shared the book with my daughter.
Below is a photo of the cottage, built in 1880 in Marquette Michigan, a room in the Peter White library in Marquette dedicated to the book and cottage, and a photo of the original book cover I knew as a child.
As Little Women inspired the girls of New England and Anne of Green Gables inspired the girls of Nova Scotia, The Dandelion Cottage inspired my mother, a Midwestern girl born in Wisconsin and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan and Janesville Wisconsin.
The only thing my mother wanted was a little cottage of her own where she could write her stories. She never got one.