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  • Allergies and Love

    March 19, 2007

    I was sitting next to Cleo, my mother-in-law, in church on Sunday. With her head bowed, she dabbed her nose with a tissue and sniffled. I whispered to her, “Are you okay?”

    “Oh, I’m just all choked up,” she said as she fanned her face with her hand.

    I imagined that she was overcome with emotion to be surrounded by her family, to have her grandson sitting on her lap feeding her goldfish.

    So I nodded at her and patted her arm in a knowing and loving gesture. I understood.

    Then she leaned over and said, “Allergies. I’ve got a head full of snot.”

    Allergies and love — apparently both come wrapped in snot.


    1. Becca says:

      Hee. Hee. What a long hiatus. Or, is a hiatus inherently longish? The allergies are in high gear over here as well.

      March 19th, 2007 at 8:17 am

    2. Blog Antagonist says:

      LOL! I’ve seen many a southern matron fan herself in that manner….I can just picture it. Even clogged up with snot, they are very genteel.

      March 19th, 2007 at 9:13 am

    3. wordgirl says:

      I just sneezed after reading this. The pollen: it is killing me.

      March 19th, 2007 at 9:14 am

    4. Everyday Mommy says:

      There are few words which capture the very essence of the substance they name…snot is one of those words. Great post!

      March 19th, 2007 at 9:45 am

    5. Karla~Looking Towards Heaven says:

      it’s going on around here too…


      March 19th, 2007 at 11:38 am

    6. snapshot says:

      Aunt Cleos are the best there is!

      March 19th, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    7. laughing mommy says:


      If you do have allergies (like me) it makes a terrific excuse when you are caught teary eyed over something that everyone else didn’t find so sentimental.

      March 19th, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    8. Kacey says:

      Spring is upon the land here in Florida and I am using Kleenex as if it were free. I will go home to Ohio in six more weeks, just in time to welcome the pollen a second time. Like you dear m-i-l, life isnot all it appears.

      March 19th, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    9. KD says:

      Toooo funny! A few times, I’ve had someone totally misunderstand what I’ve said and it amazes me how different people can take things and make them different from what I meant. I wonder how much more often it happens and we never even realize it?

      March 19th, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    10. Fiddledeedee (It Coulda' Been Worse) says:

      Some days, I truly believe that the snot is the only thing keeping my whole head from caving in.

      March 19th, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    11. Stacey says:

      I can’t even think of anything to say to that one… pretty funny!!

      March 19th, 2007 at 11:45 pm

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