Yesterday, while unloading groceries from my car, I looked down and saw this dandelion getting ready to bloom at the edge of our driveway. I surreptitiously glanced around to see if there were any more about ready to re-infest our lawn. No, only this sole operative.
Several ideas popped into my head. Is it an overachiever, is it dazed and confused and then it hit me. It’s a late bloomer! I can so identify with late bloomers!
I bloomed at 37 when I decided to take tap dancing lessons. Laugh all you want there were women in the class who were not only older than me but who’d been tap dancing for many years.
I wanted to learn how to tap dance ever since I was in elementary school, back then it was called grammar school but that’s another story. While I don’t remember the specifics, our school had a dance instructor who would come once a week and teach us how to dance, which ultimately ended in a dance recital. I was in a few and even remember being in one about Little Bo-Peep complete with a robin’s egg blue and pale pink satiny dress. Horrid thing it was. While there are no photos of me in this dress, thank goodness, my Dad, however, captured my acting debut on his movie camera.
I’m proud to be a late bloomer and am in good company according to a blog post written by Ira Rosofsky, PhD., entitled The Top Ten Late Bloomers of All Time, and published earlier this year on Psychology Today’s website. Here are four from Rosofsky’s post:
Clara Peller, actress, who took up acting at 80 with, “Where’s the Beef?”
Harland David Sanders, better known as Col. Sanders, founded Kentucky Fried Chicken, aka KFC, at 65.
Alexander Fleming, scientist, who discovered the first antibiotic at 47.
Anna Mary Robertson, also known as Grandma Moses, who began painting in her seventies because of arthritis and for the next 30 years painted over 3600 paintings.
My Dad often told me, “if you have the drive and the passion you can become or do just about anything you want.” I’ve also learned from a quote by Mary Engelbreit to, “Bloom where you are planted,” much like the dandelion.