Spring arrived this week. Well, to be more accurate, Spring “technically” arrived this week. The warm temps and allergies arrived weeks ago. We hardly had a winter to speak of around these parts. Do you think that means summer’s going to be a scorcher??
Look at this gorgeous flowering dogwood tree. It was in full bloom last week – a solid week before spring’s official arrival.
Anyone who lives in Tennessee, or the South for that matter, knows that spring and pollen go hand in hand.
Dictionary.com’s definition of pollen is:
the fertilizing element of flowering plants, consisting of fine, powdery, yellowish grains or spores, sometimes in masses.
I don’t think that definition is complete, though. That definition makes pollen sound all sweet and innocent. But it’s not. Oh, no, it’s not. :)
My definition of pollen is:
that stuff that shows up in the spring, turns white cars yellow and makes eyes itch, noses run, and throats tickle. Oh, yeah, and it also makes people cough. And sinuses hurt. And heads fuzzy.
This was the parking lot at work yesterday. There was so much pollen on the ground you could actually see tire tracks in it! That’s crazy. We didn’t even get enough snow this winter to make a dusting like that! :)
And apparently, the city I live in is the 7th worst in the country for spring allergies. In fact, there are three Tennessee cities among the top 10! Yay.
Oh, pollen. You are not nice.
Thankfully, you arrive in some awfully pretty packages. Blue skies. Bright sunshine. Vibrant trees and flowers.
There are few things as glorious as springtime in the south.
So, I suppose, as with a lot of things in life, we have to take the good with the bad, right?
Hope you have a beautiful day!