I don’t know about you, but following a rather mild winter it seems to be an especially miserable season for those who suffer from seasonal pollen allergies. That being said, it is a banner year for those who sell allergy medications and tissues. Those of us who suffer are buying more and more over the counter medications, feeling buried in mountains of soggy mucus laden tissues, are feeling wretched and at the mercy of Mother Nature through a foggy brain that we are sure has an ax buried in it! Amongst the blooms of the season the quality of life is diminished. I keep getting a mental picture of my friend above reciting Katharine Hepburn’s famous line, “the calla lilly’s are in bloom” in a very nasally voice and with red, swollen teary eyes.
All of that being said, my fair readers, I am angry! No, not at Mother Nature, I’ve learned in my 62 years that it is self defeating to get angry with Mother Nature (she always wins). I am
angry with those who manufacture tissues. What were they thinking? They have chosen the time of year in which they must be making more money on tissues than any other, with the possible exception of winter cold season, to change the design of their tissue boxes. On a scale from aesthetically beautiful (10) to downright ugly (1) the latest offerings are a minus 10!
Judging by the picture at left, even Abe Lincoln had to resort to a neti pot during allergy season! They must have had a bad season of tissue box designs even in his day.
If you read my mother’s day post, you know that I was raised by a mother who would not allow even a ketchup bottle on the dinner table. While from that standpoint I was a major disappointment in that department, I am finicky about my tissue boxes. They need to be of coordinating colors to my decor, and have an artistically pleasing design.
While in one of the big box stores today I surveyed five different brands of tissues. Puffs advertises the new designs with “The same great tissues you love… with a prettier wardrobe.” I was left wondering where they are buying their clothes!! I found that tissues come in many varieties: basic, with lotion, ultra soft, cool touch, with Vicks, auto pack, and anti-viral. Some brands only came in basic, some had “purse-pack” gifts included. What they all had in common was that they have new UGLY designs on their boxes.
So, for someone who is visually distracted by an un-visually pleasing box of tissues in a room, what is one to do? Tissue box covers, and there are many types to choose from. I found basic stainless steel, bunnies, strawberry shortcake, Hello Kitty and King Tut’s mask with tissues popping out of his nose.
One company offers to print your own photographs on each side of a tissue box cover. I was thinking maybe you could pick your favorite painting to have on your tissue box. How would it look to have tissues coming out of Mona Lisa’s nose or mouth?
I should probably be grateful that I’m having a bad allergy season. When the eyes get red and puffy and tearing, and the ear canals get itchy, and the head hurts because the sinuses are swollen, and I am sneezing repeatedly I reach for my allergy pills and nasal spray. At that point I either take a nap or get myself wound up over something as important as the new designs on the boxes my tissues come in. The real issues of the world get lost in the fog that has taken over my brain.
One important warning, if you feel a sneeze coming on while driving… pull over!
So, what’s bugging you today???