Can a man know?
Welcome allergies. We haven’t met. Until now.
You sought out others. My husband, for instance.
You’ve been making him suffer for longer than I’ve known him.
But now I know too.
And I claim empirical knowledge.
Allergies are insignificant compared to labour without an epidural.
These words were inspired by my first ever bout of allergies and the memory of my husband teary-eyed, sniffling and sneezing and complaining to the nurse at the hospital (while I was in labour) that allergies cause more suffering than labour.
Welcome allergies. For with you will come the spring and summer.