What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

Entrepreneurship at its Best October 2, 2013

Filed under: Starting Off Strange — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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I’m allergic to leaves. And fall. And mustard, fish, cats, dogs, mold, pollen, stitches… if you’ve heard of someone being allergic to something, I probably am, too. Except peanuts and shellfish. Somehow, I’m fine with those. These allergies and other little issues make my husband say on a rather regular basis, “I wish I had known before I fell in love with you that I was picking a broken one.” Sorry dear. You put a ring on it, and now you’re stuck with me.

Before I had developed all of my allergies, I would do all sorts of things that I would never dream of doing  now.  Like going outside with my face uncovered if someone has just mown the lawn. Such a bad plan. It’s an insta-headache for me.  And jumping into a pile of leaves. I don’t even know what would happen to me if I jumped into leaves now. I would probably go into anaphylactic shock or get a flesh eating bacteria. Something that would require a visit to the emergency room.

But, when I was little, I loved to jump into leaves. And not just what was from our yard. No! I had the best leaf pile ever. My mother’s Girl Scout Troop had an event in the fall, and all of the girls would bring all of the leaves from their houses to put into one giant pile. Then we would line up picnic tables and charge down them before leaping into to the air and landing in leaves!

It was the best! I mean, besides the obvious problems of possible broken bones, it was genius. And they sold tickets to other Girl Scout Troops to jump into the leaves, too. They made money off of this! Entrepreneurship at its best, my friends: turn your trash into a death defying game and make people pay to play.

But still, it was some of the most fun I had as a child. So, as the leaves begin to turn this month, I wish you all a happy fall. May your inner child run through the leaves of life with our breaking an arm. Or anything else that could land you in the hospital!


7 Responses to “Entrepreneurship at its Best”

  1. I’m allergic to fall in that it isn’t summer.

  2. Bongo Says:

    What a great idea! Jumping into leaves sounds like awesome fun. I can imagine all the kids in the neighborhood turned out.

  3. I can almost smell the wonderful, crisp, mustiness of all those piles of fall leaves from reading your description! Great job!
    by the way, I wonder if you would be helped by my “wonder-supplement”of choice: Why, Acidophilus, of course!!!
    Many modern medicines, processed foods, and genetically and chemically treated meats can induce at least some allergies. And white starches (white bread, white rice & potatoes) can also cause problems.
    So, you might want to try eating mostly fresh (carefully-washed) or frozen fruits for awhile, to see if some of your symptoms subside. Also, check out the book and site I mention in my blog, THE YEAST CONNECTION. (P.S. I have no personal connection with either, by the way.)
    I look forward to reading your next post!

  4. jannatwrites Says:

    I’ve never jumped into a pile of leaves, but it sounds like great fun (I like the fundraising idea…quite ingenious of the leader!) In my defense, I grew up in the desert and there aren’t a lot of leaves to rake. We recently moved to a place where there are more leaves, but one thing kills my desire to jump in them: bugs! (mainly spiders)

    I can relate to the allergies, too. Right now, our yard is a blanket of yellow wildflowers. Sneeze central.

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