Weekly Photo Challenge – Layers – Onions

Onions evoke emotions, whether you love them or not.  Not many food items bring a person to tears with such intensity and I can only wonder why the powers that be selected this one.

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Despite their immense fragrance and a hate/love relationship we have with them, they have been used for thousands of years as natural healers in poltices and preparations and in humble chicken soup.

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The paper thin outer layer has very little fragrance and takes time to peel back with nimble fingers.

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The next layer slides off with some ease and still no tears down my cheek.

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But I take up my knife and breach the first slice and instantly, or so it seems, a silent spray drifts up to loosen my eyes.

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I halve the globe and the intensity is increased unless I turn it upended on the counter or douse it under running water.

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Continuing to make incremental slices into chops, the tears now fall like rain down my cheeks.  Layer after layer of onion skins work to bleed me of my tears . . . and I am drained.  I am …. reduced to tears.

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