And this weed, is definitely not worth a night in jail. It is not medicinal, nor endangered, and it’s actually in the carrot family, yet the park district security guard told me I could be arrested for stealing weeds. I get nervous when I see a meter maid so I am the last one to break the law. But, I remember, like it was yesterday taking a walk at the cottage in Michigan when my mom would pick her favorite summertime flower, Queen Anne’s Lace. Now, nearly 30 years later, why would I assume it is illegal to help myself to roadside wildflowers? I do understand that if every one took the flowers from the prairie, it simply would not survive. So next time, while strolling the beach side field, I promise not to take the weeds. Ironically, I just spotted a bunch of Queen Anne’s Lace growing in the abandoned lot nearby. Dare me?