Crocodile Onion Tears



“If you have ever peeled an onion, then you know that the first thin, papery layer reveals another thin, papery layer, and that layer reveals another, and another, and before you know it you have hundreds of layers all over the kitchen table and thousands of tears in your eyes, sorry that you ever started peeling in the first place and wishing that you had left the onion alone to wither away on the shelf of the pantry while you went on with your life, even if that meant never again enjoying the complicated and overwhelming taste of this strange and bitter vegetable.” ― Lemony Snicket

But the onion doesn’t wither away on the shelf when you leave it alone… it grows (hence the pic of an onion I did not kill and then blame for my tears, even though I never cry when I cut onions – yes, I’m that remorseless).

onion apology

“I refuse. I absolutely REFUSE to be an onion.” ― Louise Fitzhugh


There was more to this post… I deleted everything but what I left.

“Life is like an onion; you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” ― Carl Sandburg

And sometimes you simplify what might have been complicated… and you smile instead of weeping.