What’s Worse?

Allergies

No anti-histamine

Or labour

No epidural.

Can a man know?

Maybe.

Mine doesn’t.

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.