When I was out driving yesterday, I was suddenly engulfed in a blizzard.
A pollen blizzard.
The sun lit up the millions of pollen bits and dandelion fluffs floating through the air.
It was the Dance of the Allergens.
And I just laughed. Because those awful things reap havoc on me… and yet they were so beautiful.
Which makes me think about other things that are terrible and lovely at the same time.
When I was a kid, I lived near a very big factory, and I used to love the puddles in the parking lots after a summer rain. Not only was there a rainbow in the sky. There were rainbows in the puddles. Oh sure, you may call them oil slicks. But they were so pretty. The blues and purples and golds. Those beat-up cars left these portraits just for me.
Then there’s food that I just can’t stand – but I have to admit these comestibles are just lovely. Oysters and mushrooms. And most of all, bleu cheese.
The world is full of scary things that are beautiful too.
Sharks and octopus, lions and crocodiles. They can be awesome as well as frightening.
But even the simplest cobweb can take your breath away.
And then there is the category of things that I used to find ugly… that with time I have found beautiful.
Perhaps not ugly, perhaps only invisible, unnoticed.
The gorgeous way the leather has aged on my thirty-year-old checkbook:
And getting back to Dandelions – why do we not consider them beautiful?
Just think how much easier your gardening would be if we suddenly realized that these persistent and prolific petals were also … perhaps pretty.
And of all the things that I did not appreciate – whether they were scary, or threatening, or invisible – where I now see incredible beauty: