Just this weekend, my young daughter Emma brought my wife a tiny bouquet of flowers. There were some nice greens, and many more bright yellows. The arrangement would be familiar to any parent, as it was a bunch of sweet, sun-loving dandelions.
Whether in their yellow-rayed blossom phase or their “blowball” stage, children love dandelions – and no wonder! In a park or a garden, it’s often the only flower they can pick without getting into trouble. But most of us grow to dislike the pesky dandelion and regard it as a lowly weed, even going so far as to nickname it “the curse of the front yard.”