“I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.”= from Joyce Kilmer’s famous poem about trees
, Confession time- I have a love/hate relationship with trees. Obviously the poet Joyce Kilmer didn’t have allergies.
Trees give us oxygen and clean our air. Trees give us shade in the summer time. Trees give us delicious treats like apples, oranges, and bananas. Trees provide a home for the birds who sing in the morning.
How could anyone have a love/hate relationship with trees?
Simple- I am allergic to tree pollen. The time of year when everyone else is excited to see flowers bloom on certain trees, I hope for a big thunderstorm to blow those blossoms off. For two months each spring, I wish lived in a place where trees do not bud new leaves all at once as they come back to life.
Yes, each April and May, I HATE trees because they mean taking allergy pills and using allergy sprays. They mean sitting inside out of the pollen and checking pollen counts each day. Right now, I hate trees for making me miserable. Yes, I am complaining, but I think I needed to write this to unblock my mind and free me up from hating a beautiful part of God’s creation.
But then June comes and the trees aren’t budding anymore and it seems all of the sudden, no tree pollen. Then I love trees. I can go to the park or out for a walk and have no allergy symptoms. As the summer gets hotter I love the shade trees provide.
In the fall the leaves change color and the skyline of the city comes alive with vivid colors of red, yellow, orange, and gold. Then I love trees for their beauty.
So I guess trees teach me something about living in this world and in this life. This life is a mixed bag of blessings and struggles. What blesses one person can make trouble for another person. So I guess I will just have to accept that for ten months of the year, I will continue to love trees and not blame them for the two months of misery
I just hope The Tree of Life in heaven does not emit tree pollen but of course there I won’t have allergies 🙂
Thank you for reading. God Bless.