Friday, March 13, 2015

Oh No... Spring Is Coming!

The Springtime Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) outside Himeji Castle,
Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan

As I sit down to write this evening, I must confess that I'm a slight bit under the weather. For the past few days, I've been dealing with some chest congestion and sneezing. Thankfully, I don't feel too ill; it's all in my chest. No fever. No chills. No sore muscles.

I'm crossing my fingers. Let's hope I don't feel any worse.

With the season of Spring coming on March 20, I enter into the time of year that I dread the most -- allergy season. Besides being allergic to most all types of plant-based allergens, I also have asthma. It's a double whammy!

The oncoming of Spring is a double-edged sword. I'm eager to see all the flowers return. Just this week, my daffodils flowered. A few crocus also opened their flowers. Before long, my peach trees will be in bloom, as will all the iris in our garden beds. It's a real blessing to see the flowers return year after year... but with that luxury come the allergies.

Like any great allegory, Spring reminds me of a valuable lesson. There are positives and negatives to all things.

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