Onions!  I love them!  Now that is quite a statement from a guy who until the last few years absolutely hated them.  I can’t get enough of them.  In fact, the other day I had some very strong red onions. The remnants of these onions are making a stink in the trash bag in the garage as we speak.

I am not sure why I hated them for so long but I know why I love them now.  They add a pungent flavor to other foods that is pretty awesome. But apparently, onions are good for more than just helping stuff taste good.

Wide-ranging claims have been made for the effectiveness of onions against conditions ranging from the common cold to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other diseases.  In many parts of the world, onions are used to heal blisters and boils. A traditional Maltese remedy for sea urchin wounds is to tie half a baked onion to the afflicted area overnight. An application of raw onion is also said to be helpful in reducing swelling from bee stings. Not bad Mr. or Mrs. onion!

But, why is it with all their great contribution to the human race that cutting them causes us to cry? Apparently cutting onions releases a gas that irritates certain glands of the eye. It is always good to have a good cry. Onions give us a good excuse.

But, I think the best part about onions is all the layers.  You have to work hard to peel through all the layers of an onion to get at its core.  But, it is worth it in the end.

People are a lot like onions.  They can make life better and can cure all kinds of ailments we might experience. And yet, they can sometimes make us cry. But, in the end, it is important to cut past all the layers to the core of who the person really is.

To think that I missed enjoying onions for a great portion of my life.  I wonder if I have done the same thing with some people…

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