I’m standing in my kitchen with tears streaming down my cheeks. I stir, stir, stir, misty eyed. I could be crying because of how much attention risotto requires. I could be crying over how divided our country is. I could be crying because I miss someone. But no, this time I’m crying in my kitchen out of relief. You heard me right, relief.
See, a nemesis arrives each winter, the heat miser called recirculated air. It’s a catalyst for sore eyes. Walking outside in the cold can be an ocular break, but then the wind whips up and it’s like get my eyeballs outta here. I’m always on the search for humid air to relieve wintertime dry eyes.
Over the holidays, Stockton and I vacationed in the Florida Keys. We loved it–great weather, beautiful sunsets, great activities…we had no complaints. Even better, the ocean air soothed my eyes. However, it’s not really practical to take tropical vacations often. If I can’t live in salty humid air, I need the best alternative: tears.
In my kitchen I found a 99 cents a pound cure, a vegetable miracle. All I need to do is chop an onion and there’s quality waterworks in Mayberry. It’s kinda like watching a moving piece about a community chorus on CBS Sunday Morning, but on my schedule. Even the slight onion vapor burn is worth it. I’m onto something here. If your eyes need some hydration this winter, get some onions and chop your way to tears.
How do you deal with dry eyes? Tell me about it.