Spring in the South

I love living in the South.

I love that I almost never (as in once… since 1994) have to shovel snow. And really, I could have waited a few hours and that snow would have melted. 🙂

I love daffodils in February.

I actually love the melting humid heat of August – when I am near a pool.

But there are 2 weeks of living in the South that are torture for me.

Pine Pollen Season.

See, I live in a pine forest. Not really a forest, but in a neighborhood with a load of pine trees. Each spring, around the end of March/beginning of April, there’s pine pollen season.

It’s the only allergen that annoys me. And Little.

We’re miserable.

It hurts to breathe. My eyes water and feel like I have sandpaper in them. I sneeze constantly. I take daily allergy meds. As does Little.

For 2 weeks.

And during those two weeks I pray for rain. Every day. Many times a day. I stalk the weather radar. I am almost giddy to see thunderstorm warnings because that will knock down the pollen and I will be able to breathe again.

Instead of this… my porch table…
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And the nice green that EVERYTHING is coated in…
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And the cars, with windshields you cannot see out of…
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And then when we get a light rain it all gathers in the drain areas as a thick, yellow-y green paste.
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Thankfully, tonight it POURED. I am thrilled. Tomorrow I may be able to breathe. And not tear up when I go to the mailbox. And maybe in the next week or so I can start walking around my neighborhood again.

And then I’ll love living in the Deep South for another 50 weeks!

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