Changing a tire in a thunder storm. Impatient family in the car. Who could blame her! She had learned a lot in those first twelve months, and knew what she wanted. It wasn't being left in that car seat! Then I saw coltsfoot blooming beside the road. First time I saw it. Changed the mood at least a little. Now I really like coltsfoot. Maybe because they're so early. They are blooming at Ives right now. And maybe because of that first moment, 43 years ago.